An international group of vaccine experts has come out against providing booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to the general population, an opinion that goes against mounting efforts in the United States and other countries grappling with a surge of new cases.
In an essay published on Monday the Lancet Medical journal, experts say that recent studies suggest that current vaccines in use around the world are particularly strong against the virus despite the presence of the more infectious delta variant, leading to severe illness and hospitalization. provide security.
The trend of providing booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines began after an Israel study suggested that the effectiveness of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine was significantly reduced in elderly people who were vaccinated earlier this year. had gone. The data prompted Israel to start giving booster shots to people age 50 or older.
The authors suggest that modifying vaccines to match specific COVID-19 variants is a better approach than providing additional doses of the original vaccine.
The authors include Ana-Maria Henao-Restrepo and Soumya Swaminathan, two leading scientists from the World Health Organization, and Dr. Marion Gruber and Dr. Philip Krauss, two key officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Vaccine Review, which leaving his home. Post before the end of the year. the new York Times It was recently reported that Gruber and Krause are upset over the Biden administration’s recent announcement that booster shots will be offered to some Americans from next month, before the FDA has time to properly review the data.
The FDA is close to recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12 and making a decision on booster shots of existing vaccines already approved for adult Americans.
Both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month recommended a third shot from Pfizer or Moderna for some people with weakened immune systems.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently asked wealthy countries to skip COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for the rest of the year to ensure that low- and lower-middle-income countries have greater access to the vaccine . . Tedros previously told high- and upper-middle-income countries not to provide boosters until September.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce on Wednesday that the government will provide a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for citizens aged 50 and older for the upcoming winter months.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after several members of his crew tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Kremlin statement.
President Putin has tested negative for the virus, but has decided not to travel to Tajikistan for upcoming security conferences, the statement said. He met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday and held a separate public event with several members of Russia’s Paralympic team.
Putin has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the domestically developed two-dose Sputnik V vaccine.
Some information for this report has been obtained from the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.