The World Health Organisation (WHO) director has warned that the new booster jab programs in Western countries will inevitably make the pandemic longer. During a news conference, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, said the current booster programmes promoted by all leaders from Boris Johnson and Joe Biden to Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz were just a “blanket.”
The third vaccine shot has shown massive results to protect against grave Covid symptoms and variants such as Delta and Omicron and slow down the number of Covid hospitalisations.
However, the WHO says that massive doses of vaccines were held in Western countries as third jabs instead of being sent to developing countries where first doses are required.
Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “No country can boost its way out of the pandemic.”
“And boosters cannot be seen as a ticket to go ahead with planned celebrations without the need for other precautions.”
“Blanket booster programmes 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.
“It is important to remember that the vast majority of hospitalisations and deaths are in unvaccinated people, not unboosted people.
“And we must be clear that the vaccines we have to remain effective against both the Delta and Omicron variants.”
He said that only half of the WHO’s member states had been able to reach a target of vaccinating 40 percent of their populations by the end of the year “because of distortions in global supply.”
The WHO has also advised people not to celebrate Christmas with big gatherings given the Omicron surge.
Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled.
“It’s better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later.”