The World Health Organization's Africa director said the introduction of booster shots in some wealthy nations threatened vaccination efforts on the continent, where only 2 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
Maj. Gen. William Taylor said on Thursday that over 5,000 troops were on the ground at Kabul's airport to maintain order and that approximately 7,000 people have been evacuated on flights since Aug. 14.
Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, said on Wednesday that the White House coronavirus response team planned to begin offering booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in September, pending F.D.A. approval.
Pope Francis created a video encouraging followers around the world to get a coronavirus vaccine, citing the sacrifice as an act of love to stop the spread of the disease and protect the world's vulnerable.
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