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“No country will be able to get out of the pandemic with booster doses”, says WHO | Coronavirus

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No country will be able to get out of the pandemic with booster shots and recalls are not a green light to celebrate as planned, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Organization’s Director General, during a press briefing in Geneva, a few days before Christmas.

Indiscriminate booster programs are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than end it, by diverting available doses to countries that already have high vaccination rates, thus giving the virus more opportunities to spread. and mutate, underlined the doctor.

It is important to remember that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths are people who haven’t been vaccinated, not people who haven’t had a booster dose., he insisted, adding: And we have to be very clear on the fact that vaccines remain effective against Delta variants like Omicron.

According to the WHO Expert Committee on Immunization Policy (SAGE), at least 126 countries have already given instructions for the injection of a booster dose or additional vaccination (for example children ) and 120 of them have already started the campaigns in this direction.

Overwhelmingly rich or middle-income countries, while no poor country has yet introduced a recall program, underlines SAGE in a press release released Wednesday afternoon.

Immunization efforts must continue to focus on reducing [du nombre] death and the most serious cases and protect the health system.

A quote from Extract from the SAGE press release

Public and social health measures remain an essential component in the COVOD-19 prevention strategy, in particular with regard to the Omicron variant., insist these specialists, as did during the press conference the doctor Maria Van Kerkhove, in charge of the management of this pandemic within the WHO.

Take his responsibilities

She insisted on the need for everyone to take responsibility to prevent the virus from continuing to circulate, while acknowledging that it was difficult.

We asked people to be careful, we asked governments to be careful.

A quote from Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Hope more people are serious about what to do in the context they live in and make the right decisions for them, she said, adding that she herself had changed her plans for the holidays.

Dr Van Kerkhove also recalled that we did not yet have enough data to conclude that the Omicron variant actually causes less severe forms of COVID-19, as some studies seem to show.

We don’t have the full picture and it’s too early to conclude that Omicron is more benign than Delta or more severe than Delta., did she say.

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