WHO Says No Conclusive Data Yet On Need For COVID-19 Booster Shot

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that the data on the benefits and safety of a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is inconclusive.

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that the data on the benefits and safety of a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is inconclusive.

He said during a media briefing, “When some countries afford to have the booster and others are not even vaccinating the first and second round, it’s a moral issue.”

The WHO has also earlier stated that current data does not indicate booster shots are needed, and that the most vulnerable people worldwide should be fully vaccinated before high-income countries deploy a top-up.

On the other hand, earlier this month following these questions that arises – Will vaccinated people need booster shots to target this variant?

A joint statement was issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on weather a booster might be necessary or not. The statement said, people in America who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot currently.

Amid the highly transmissible Delta variant rapidly spreading all across the world, there has been a growing concern over the current two-dose of COVID-19 vaccine that may not be able to protect against the virus.

According to the health agencies, the vaccines that are widely available in the US for those aged 12 and up are extremely effective against coronavirus.  “People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta,” they said.

However, the CDC and FDA warned people that who are not vaccinated remain vulnerable.

Further the joint statement also noted that, “Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated,” while encouraging Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community.

Further the joint statement also noted that, “Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated,” while encouraging Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community.

It was mentioned in the statement mentioned that the FDA, CDC, and NIH are engaged in a science-based, severe process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary.

It said, “We are prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed.”

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