Expert explains why another Covid vaccine booster won’t help stop the pandemic.
Some countries are now implementing fourth-dose Covid vaccines, but should the United Kingdom follow suit?
Many people have praised the UK’s vaccine rollout, with 90.2 percent of those aged 12 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
Although Britain’s vaccine program has been a huge success, experts are questioning whether constant boosters will help the world escape the pandemic as Israel and Chile begin to roll out fourth vaccines.
As of January 10, 2022, 35,813,659 Britons, or 62 percent of the total population aged 12 and up, had received a booster vaccine.
Despite this impressive uptake, the UK does not currently offer a fourth dose of the vaccine, as Israel and Chile do.
Experts have now condemned wealthy countries for distributing fourth vaccines while many people in poorer countries are unable to receive even the first.
Experts argue that we won’t be able to recover from the pandemic until all of the world’s populations have been vaccinated.
They go on to say that because coronavirus is a global disease, repeated boosters every few months for those in wealthy countries will not be enough to combat it.
“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” health experts have said repeatedly.
“Booster after booster in a small number of countries will not end the pandemic while billions remain completely unprotected,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Professor Shabir Madhi has expressed his dissatisfaction with countries that are administering fourth vaccines while many people remain unvaccinated around the world.
As a consultant to the South African government on its vaccination program, he has seen firsthand how new variants can have devastating effects on largely unvaccinated populations.
When the new Omicron variant emerged, many South Africans lacked access to the vaccine, resulting in a massive increase in hospitalizations.
This new variant became a global issue, wreaking havoc in countries with largely vaccinated populations, such as the United Kingdom, demonstrating why it is critical to ensure that all countries are vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of new variants around the world.
According to Politico, plans to roll out fourth vaccines are “completely short-sighted.”
“I really don’t believe that countries are going with those additional booster doses at the moment,” he added.
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