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Covid-19 live updates Warning of vaccine inequality, WHO again avoids endorsing boosters for general public

Updated December 13, 2021 at 10:52 p.m. EST|Published December 10, 2021 at 4:24 a.m. EST

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A World Health Organization advisory group has decided against endorsing a broad-based global rollout of coronavirus vaccine booster shots. The experts reiterated the wide disparity in access to vaccines between rich and poor countries and continued to recommend that first vaccine doses remain the priority.  

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