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COVID vaccines

Western nations' booster shot rush sparks debate on vaccine fairness

Developing nations receive only 10% of this year's distribution target

People wait in line to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Phnom Penh.    © Reuters

VIENNA/PARIS -- The U.S. and other rich nations have moved to start a third round of coronavirus shots to defend their economic recoveries, even as international health officials warn this risks worsening global disparities in vaccine rates.

The U.S. announced Wednesday a plan for every adult who obtained the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to receive a booster shot from the same brand eight months after the last injection.

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