About half a dozen other countries are considering this. If those countries also start giving booster shots, “this will require 800 million doses of the vaccine,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminath said in a press briefing on Monday.

That dose should go to countries that have had low vaccine consumption, said WHO Director-General Tedros hann bred brem Bra્રેaિયius. He slammed rich and middle-income countries for considering a third dose when frontline workers and older adults in poorer countries have not yet received their first dose. Mass vaccination campaigns are yet to be launched in some countries. “Currently, the data show us that vaccination provides long-term immunity against severe and malignant covid-19.” “Now the priority must be to vaccinate those who have not received any dosage and protection.”

Craig Spencer, director of global health at Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center, said it was more absurd. “What the pharmaceutical companies tell you, you urgently need the Covid-19 booster is not what all the healthcare workers in the world who have not yet had access to the vaccine do,” he said.

That’s not to say we don’t need boosters after all. “It may well be that you need boosters after a year or two,” Swaminathan of the WHO said. Very note that it is good to prepare. But he hasn’t seen any data to confirm what the boosters are demanding now. “Ging filing data says immunity is strong.”