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While it seems like only yesterday that people were calculating the date they could feel fully protected by their vaccination, now there’s talk that our safety may require another shot in the arm.
In recent weeks, doctors, scientists, government officials, and pharmaceutical companies have been debating whether or not additional COVID-19 shots—or boosters—should be recommended to offer continued protection against the virus.
The conversation is gaining urgency as we watch the Delta variant surge among unvaccinated individuals and health officials around the country report growing numbers of breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated individuals, which are of growing concern.
The discussion was sparked when Pfizer-BioNTech announced it would seek approval from U.S. regulators to authorize a booster dose of its vaccine.
According to Pfizer representatives, the request is based on evidence from Israel and its own studies showing reduced efficacy six months after vaccination.
More at: www.npr.org...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, is now calling for a moratorium – for at least the next two months – on COVID booster shots.
"We should not accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines, using even more of it," he says, "while the world's most vulnerable people remain unprotected."
The global inequity in vaccine availability cited by Tedros has been stark. More than 80% of COVID vaccines have been administered in high-income and upper-middle income nations.
The United Kingdom, for example, has vaccinated nearly 65% of its population while just 7% of Filipinos are immunized. The U.S. is vaccinating teenagers at low risk of contracting COVID, while front-line health-care workers in Nigeria are still awaiting their shots.
And in a trend that's troubling to WHO, Israel has just started offering booster doses of Pfizer to people over 60. By contrast, in the Palestinian territories fewer than 12% of residents have gotten any vaccine at all.
originally posted by: nonspecific
Here in the UK we have just initiated a large scale antibody testing program.
As you say as time goes on more people will be infected and I'd imagine within five years or so pretty much everyone will have contracted covid 19 at some point.
a reply to: carewemust