WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Urges Countries Not to Order Booster COVID VaccinesAugust 12, 2021
The World Health Organization’s director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is urging wealthy countries not to recommend to their citizens that they get a COVID vaccine booster while many countries are still trying to get enough vaccine inoculate their health workers for the first time. Furthermore, he singled out Pfizer and Moderna for concentrating on providing those boosters instead of giving vaccines to workers in poorer countries.
Booster Shot Not Necessary
The World Health Organization’s Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan says that there is no evidence that a booster shot is necessary to stop the Delta variant that is causing many people to get sick with COVID. She says that the manufacturers should not have a right to say that a booster is necessary without evidence to back up their statement.
Pfizer Says Booster Necessary
In April, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says that it is likely that people will need a third shot to be fully protected. He also said that it is expected that people will need to continue to get a booster shot annually. Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky says that annual vaccination will be necessary, just like many people take the flu shot yearly. The CEOs say that the booster shot should be taken 6-to-12 months after the initial shots were completed. Modena says that it hopes to have a booster shot ready by fall.
Efficiency of Chinese Vaccine Questioned
Five of the six countries with the highest vaccination rates also have incredibly high numbers of COVID cases. In all of the six countries, but one, the vaccine used was produced in China. The six countries are the United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Mongolia, Uruguay, the United Kingdom and Chile. The only one that did not rely on the Chinese vaccine was the United Kingdom.
Epidemiologists are warning, however, that countries should not abandon using the Chinese vaccine until enough other doses are available. They stress that this is especially important in areas where many middle-and-lower-class people are residing. Officials with the World Health Organization are warning that it is dangerous to compare the efficiency of one vaccine to another because each company has designed its trials differently.
The head of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls on people not to take a booster dose until everyone who desires has been given the initial protection.