“Programs with generalized booster doses are more likely to prolong the epidemic than to end” the spread of the virus. With these words, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, confirms how the campaigns focused on the third dose of the Covid vaccine led to results opposite to those hoped for. Many countries administer the third dose. Some, like Israel, are already considering the fourth dose. However, if vaccines do not arrive, the virus spreads and can mutate to produce new variants such as Omicron
“It’s important to remember that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are from unvaccinated people, not people without a booster. And we need to be absolutely clear that our vaccines are still effective against both delta and omicron variants” – the need to Distribution of vaccines in places that suffer from a lack of the first doses. “The global priority should be to help all countries reach the 40% vaccine target as quickly as possible and the 70% target by the middle of next year,” he explains.
He warns that “no country can emerge from the epidemic with a booster dose. Nor can the third dose be taken as a reminder to continue the planned vacations, without the need for other precautions.” While some countries are launching programs with ‘booster’ vaccines for the entire population, ‘only half of WHO member states have been able to meet the target of vaccinating 40% of their population by the end of the year, due to imbalances in the global supply’ of doses.
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