The World Health Organization’s top scientists stated that current data do not indicate a widespread need for Covid-19 booster injections, even if the United States is prepared to provide mRNA booster next month.
Dr. Sumia Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, said on Wednesday: “We clearly believe that today’s data does not indicate the need for boosters.”
This statement was made before the United States announced that it was preparing to provide the third dose of Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccine next month, as a wave of new cases related to the Delta coronavirus variant appeared. The booster must be formally approved by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
Swaminathan said that science supports the need for booster injections for people with weakened immune functions, but said that if high-income countries begin to give more extensive booster injections to their more than 50 people, they will need nearly 1 billion doses.
“As countries start to make choices about how to vaccinate, other countries will follow those choices, and the problem we ultimately face is that we lose our unity in working as a global community, which is critical to getting rid of the pandemic,” said the doctor. . Said Bruce Aylward, a senior adviser to the WHO.
The current surge in cases is driven by people who have not been vaccinated. WHO scientists emphasized that the priority is to provide vaccines to billions of people in low-income and low- and middle-income countries that are struggling to ensure supply, and then transfer them to already People who have been vaccinated.
Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said: “We plan to distribute additional life jackets to people who already have life jackets, and we let others drown without a life jacket.” “This is reality. .”
Swaminathan warned that boosting vaccination in developed countries and leaving poorer countries unvaccinated “will only lead to more variants, more escape variants, and perhaps we are heading into a more terrifying situation.”