Norad wants Norway to give vaccines to poor countries instead of offering Norwegians the third dose

Bård Vegar Solhjell - NoradPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Norad believes that healthy Norwegians under the age of 65 should not receive their third dose of the corona vaccine now and would rather give the doses to poor countries.

According to the newspaper VG, Norad – Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – has been commissioned by the government to assess the ripple effects of the pandemic on Norwegian development aid. The agency sent the government a letter about the case before the weekend.

The two main points are that the Norwegian vaccine strategy must take on an international assessment and that Norway should wait with the administration of the third dose to Norwegians.

For Norway’s and the world’s sake

“In the phase that we are in now, it is very important that the rich countries hold back. We believe it is most effective for ourselves and for the world in general to now prioritize sending vaccines to poor countries,” Norad director Bård Vegar Solhjell told VG.

He emphasizes that Norad does not necessarily believe that Norwegians younger than 65 should not receive the third dose, but the agency recommends dropping it in this phase.

Booster dose

Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) announced earlier this month that everyone over the age of 65 would be offered a booster dose of the corona vaccine.

“There are signs that protection against serious illness is falling in the older part of the population. 

“The goal of a booster dose for the elderly is to increase protection against becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and to provide a higher level of protection against new virus variants and extended protection,” he said.

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