If the covid-19 pandemic were a marathon, right now humanity would be approaching “60% of the way,” says the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan, in an interview for the weekly Swiss Sunday view.
However, Swaminathan believes that possible new variants of coronavirus may appear, so she was cautious when adding that “it cannot be ruled out that we have to climb another unexpected mountain“.
The Indian scientist recalled that in some parts of the world the vaccination rate is “very high”, reaching “between 70% and 80%”, while in other regions, such as Africa, “less than 4% of the population “is vaccinated.” The more we tolerate this situation, the more possibilities there are for new variants to emerge, “he warned.
Regarding the practice of some countries to administer booster vaccines, Swaminathan noted that a third dose is only necessary for certain vulnerable groups of the population, such as people immunosuppressed or the elderly. However, he considers that inoculation campaigns of the entire adult population with booster doses, “are not ethical”, because “they do not help prevent deaths” and “they do not help us overcome the pandemic,” he added.
In this sense, he stressed that, instead of promoting vaccination among people who have already been inoculated, efforts should focus on the immunization of the unvaccinated and on ensuring equitable access to vaccines for everyone to end the low vaccination rates in certain regions, summarized Swaminathan, who recalled that most deaths from coronavirus occur among the unvaccinatedeven in countries with high vaccination rates.
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