Immunizing children: Ethical hot potato

There are concerns administering the coronavirus vaccine to children, who are less vulnerable to severe disease, will delay rich countries’ donations of excess jabs to low-income nations, which are mainly dependent on charity to inoculate their populations.

According to the World Health Organization, less than 0.5 percent of vaccine supply has so far gone to low-income countries, something the WHO’s Director-General called a “moral catastrophe” last month.

The European Medicines Agency addressed this concern, but said it wasn’t its job to decide how countries use their vaccines.

The head of the agency’s clinical studies and manufacturing task force said, “Our role is to provide objective scientific evidence.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (herself a medical doctor) punted the ethical hot potato to health experts, saying, “We need scientific advice on whom to vaccinate, how to vaccinate and in what order.”

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