October 4, 2022

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WHO: Support for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine.

WHO: Support for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine.



 


WHO: Support for booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Germany’s “Welt” reported on the 9th that in view of the rapid spread of the Omicron strain around the world, the WHO expert group issued a statement in Geneva, Switzerland on the 8th, strongly supporting the urgent and widespread implementation of COVID-19 vaccination Vaccine booster shots against the highly contagious Omicron strain. This is a marked departure from the cautious stance the WHO took last year.

 

 

 

An 18-person panel of experts concluded that an approved COVID-19 vaccine could provide a high level of protection against severe illness and death, even in the case of a highly contagious variant of the virus.

The panel also mentioned that all currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines are developed based on strains discovered three years ago, and it is expected that the virus will continue to mutate, and vaccine formulations may need to be updated. WHO is continuing to monitor the Omicron strain to see if it could cause more severe disease.

 

Last year, the World Health Organization said vaccine boosters were not necessary for healthy people and would lead to uneven distribution of vaccines globally.

But in January, the WHO reversed its stance and said it would recommend a booster shot once countries had enough vaccine stocks and the most vulnerable were immunized. Vaccinations, including booster shots, are especially important for people at high risk for severe disease.

The statement of the WHO expert group did not forget to re-emphasize the importance of ensuring that people in backward regions of the world complete basic vaccinations.

 

At present, there are more than 446 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 pneumonia worldwide, and more than 6 million deaths. Nearly 3 billion people around the world have not even received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 70% of the population of all countries will need to be vaccinated by the middle of this year.

But UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the pandemic was under control thanks to an unprecedented public health response, as well as an extremely rapid development and vaccination in many parts of the world.

 

 

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