No want for COVID booster jabs for now – WHO

GENEVA– Present knowledge doesn’t point out that COVID-19 booster pictures are wanted, the World Well being Group (WHO) stated on Wednesday, including that essentially the most susceptible individuals worldwide ought to be totally vaccinated earlier than high-income nations deploy a top-up.

The feedback got here simply earlier than the U.S. authorities stated it deliberate to make the booster pictures broadly out there to all Individuals beginning on Sept. 20 as infections from the Delta variant of the coronavirus rise.

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, requested concerning the want for boosters to extend safety in opposition to the illness, instructed a Geneva information convention: “We consider clearly that the info as we speak doesn’t point out that boosters are wanted.”

Additional analysis was wanted, she added.

WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward, referring to booster pictures being administered in high-income nations, instructed reporters: “There’s sufficient vaccine world wide, however it isn’t going to the proper locations in the proper order.”

Two doses ought to be given to essentially the most susceptible worldwide earlier than boosters are administered to these fully-vaccinated, he stated, including: “We’re a protracted, great distance from that.”

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