COVID-19 December 28, 2021 | 8:00 am

WHO says vaccine booster programs will PROLONG the Covid crisis

‘No country can boost its way out of the pandemic.’

 

December 24, 2021: On Wednesday, World Health Organization officials criticized blanket Covid-19 vaccine booster programs as developing countries struggle to obtain the starting doses, which warns that the unequal access to immunizations could lead to more mutated variants that drag out the crisis.

“Blanket booster programs are to prolong the pandemic, instead of ending it, that diverts supply to countries that have high levels of vaccination coverage, which gives the virus the opportunity to spread and mutate,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a news briefing.

The comments from the WHO comes as health officials in the U.S. promote vaccine booster doses for all residents over the age of 16 amid a surge in Covid cases driven by the omicron strain. On Tuesday, Israel announced it would offer a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines to people over 60.

“We want people to be able to gather” over the holidays, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in an interview Wednesday on CNN. “And safe gathering includes being vaccinated, ideally being boosted and making sure that all the people who you gather with are vaccinated and boosted.”

Currently, the vast majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths are from unvaccinated people, not vaccinated people without booster doses, according to Tedros. “No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,” he said.

Vaccinations are not linear and no one knows what will happen with a fourth and fifth “booster” dose.

Global health experts say the emergence of Omicron is tied to vaccine inequality. Scientists have noted that Omicron has emerged from an HIV patient in South Africa, where just 26% of the population is fully vaccinated. The virus mutates well in people with compromised immune systems where it can live for a long time and figure out how to survive inside its human host.

The WHO has estimated half of its member states will have vaccinated at least 40% of their populations by the year-end “because of distortions in global supply,” Tedros said.

Vaccine inequity is “the most horrific injustice of 2021,” Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said at the briefing.

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John Doe
December 28, 2021 10:05 am

“The vast majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths are from unvaccinated people.”

This is the real problem we face today; Lies like the statement made by the man in charge of the W H O. It’s disgusting and makes me want to throw up. The majority of patients TODAY entering hospitals all over the world are vaccinated. They chose to change the term “fully vaccinated” to 3-“primary” doses. And now the booster is the 4th. So they try and get away with that statement.

They even did this now here in the D.R. – where as of Jan 31st, to be “fully vaccinated” on your vaccine card you must have 3-doses. Then they can report that the “unvaccinated” (those with only 2 doses) are causing the problems. This insanity is going to harm a LOT of people!

John Conor
December 28, 2021 11:18 am
Reply to  John Doe

Preach!

bernie sierra
December 28, 2021 12:48 pm
Reply to  John Doe

You are absolutely correct on your statement. This is a freaking manipulation of the information in order to scare the people. I am not vaccinated and I am not doing it. This country has open borders to anyone coming here without even showing a negative covid-19 test of proof of being vaccinated but all of us living here must show that we are vaccinated before being allow in a bank and many other places. (inappropriate word eliminated)

bernie sierra
December 28, 2021 12:35 pm

And there you have it. No one knows what would happen to people after getting all of this drug in their system in such of short time.

Thomas Halsaver
December 30, 2021 2:06 pm
Reply to  bernie sierra

But we know that if we don’t get “All this drug” in our systems we stand a much better chance of getting COVID, and then dying from the virus! Yes, some fully vaccinated get COVID, but in most of those ‘breakthrough’ cases the symptoms are much less severe. Some people may be getting infected with almost no symptoms, but could still be spreading it to others who may die from it. We are not alone in this world. We are all part of humanity!