As the omicron variant surges throughout the United States, health officials are urging Americans to get their Covid booster vaccines when eligible. However, during press briefings last week, America’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the World Health Organization (Who) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus do not appear to see eye to eye when it comes to booster vaccination programs during the fight against Covid.
“No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during the December 22nd briefing.
The WHO Director-General criticized blanket COVID-19 booster programs that are being rolled out while other countries struggle to get vaccine supplies. Ghebreyesus said in the briefing that only half of WHO’s Member States have met the target of vaccinating 40 percent of their populations by the end of the year because of unequal distribution of global supply.
Ghebreyesus said that new variants of the virus could develop due to unequal access to vaccines, which could potentially extend the pandemic.
“Blanket booster programs are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate,” Ghebreyesus explained during the press briefing.
However, the WHO website does recognize the benefits to the COVID -19 booster.
The health agency stated on its website that published data from several countries regarding vaccine effectiveness from a booster dose demonstrated an improvement in protection against infection; milder disease; as well as severe disease and death, although the organization noted the studies have limited follow-up time.
Story continues at: Fauci WHO