Covid: Fighting the pandemic with booster doses is not a viable strategy according to the WHO

By Manon C. Posted on January 12, 2022 at 12:13 p.m.

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The World Health Organization is warning, this Tuesday, January 11, 2022, that the strategy to fight the pandemic with booster doses is not the right one.

While 120 countries have already started a third-dose vaccination campaign, the director general ofWorld Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared on December 23, that“no country will be able to get out of the pandemic with booster doses and recalls are not a green light to celebrate as we intended. “

And to continue: “Indiscriminate recall programs are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting available doses to countries that already have high immunization rates, thus giving the virus more possibilities to spread and mutate.”

This Tuesday, January 12, 2022, several WHO experts responsible for supervising vaccines abound in the sense of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a press release. They warn that fight the Covid pandemic with booster doses is not not a viable strategy. “A vaccination strategy based on repeated boosters is unlikely to be appropriate or viable” they declare. The latter consider “only vaccines against Covid-19 having a high impact on transmission and prevention infection, in addition to preventing severe forms of illness and death, are necessary and must be developed.

“Until such vaccines become available, and as the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolves, it may be necessary to update the composition of current anti-Covid vaccines, to ensure that they continue to provide the recommended protection levels by WHO against infection and disease “ caused by the variants, including Omicron, say the experts.

According to WHO statements at the end of last December, it will also not be enough to give booster doses to people who have already received a complete vaccination schedule to finally get out of this pandemic, quite the contrary. “It is important to remember that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are people who are not vaccinated, not people who haven’t had a booster dose. “ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had specified.

“Immunization efforts must continue to focus on reduction of deaths and more severe cases and protect the health system. Public health and social measures remain an essential component in the Covid-19 prevention strategy, in particular with regard to the Omicron variant. “ then indicated the WHO Committee of Experts on Immunization Policy (SAGE). Among the countries that have started 3rd dose injections, no poor country has not yet introduced a reminder program “, only rich or middle-income countries.

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