Anti-Covid vaccination: Indiscriminate reminders risk prolonging pandemic

According to the WHO, moving the available dose to countries that already have high vaccination rates gives the virus more opportunities to spread and mutate.

Clearly, the Covid-19 virus has more than one trick up its sleeve. Not only does it spread rapidly, but moreover, it is capable of countering various vaccination campaigns implemented on a planetary scale. A situation that worries the World Health Organization (WHO) has just sounded the alarm. According to the organization, booster vaccination programs against COVID-19, carried out indiscriminately, run the risk of prolonging the pandemic. “Indiscriminate booster programs are likely to remove the dose available to countries that already have high vaccination rates, rather than end the pandemic, thus giving the virus more opportunities to spread and spread.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, told a news conference from Geneva on Wednesday.

Vaccine disparities
According to the United Nations World Health Agency, approximately 20% of all vaccine doses administered daily worldwide are currently booster or supplemental doses. However, according to the WHO, such generalized recall campaigns could exacerbate “vaccine disparities”, while “vaccination should focus on reducing deaths and serious diseases”. Especially since “the majority of hospitalizations and deaths are people who have not been vaccinated, not people who have not received a booster dose”. “And we need to be very clear that vaccines remain effective against both Delta and Omicron,” he argued, lamenting that many lives have been lost in this unequal sharing of vaccines. “No country will be able to get out of the pandemic with a booster dose and the reminder is not the green light for the party as we had planned”, notes Ghebreyesus. “And these booster doses cannot be considered a ticket to proceed with year-end celebrations, without the need for other precautions,” warns the head of the WHO. According to the WHO Expert Committee on Immunization Policy (SAGE), at least 126 countries have given instructions for injections of booster doses or additional vaccinations (for example, of children) and 120 of them have launched campaigns to do so. Have given.

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