WHO recommends a second COVVI -19 reminder for groups most at risk – POLITICO

The World Health Organization’s Immunization Advisory Group on Thursday recommended a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine for the elderly, healthcare workers and people at high risk of developing serious illness.

The advice mirrors that given by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which have called for second boosters to be given to people aged 60 and over, as well as for people with medical conditions.

The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) recommends the additional vaccine in older people; Health care workers; pregnant women ; those with conditions that make them immunocompromised and people with comorbidities that put them at higher risk for severe disease.

“The main objective remains the prevention of serious illnesses and deaths,” said Alejandro Cravioto, president of SAGE.

Well in the third year of the pandemic, viral disease still killed 15,000 per week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged people to get vaccinated or vaccinated before the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere, when the risk of infection is higher as people spend more time indoors.

WHO vaccination experts currently see no need to recommend a fourth dose to the general population who have already received a booster, given that they see a “very, very low risk of serious disease” in this group. , Joachim Hombach, Executive Secretary of the WHO told SAGE.

“I don’t think we’re in a situation where we would imminently move to an extension of this recommendation for a second. [booster] But we must obviously always monitor the evolution of things, “he said.

With regard to vaccines adapted to specific variants, the WHO said that it always evaluated this data. Britain this week became the first country to approve a so-called ‘bivalent’ shot by Moderna that targets both the original Wuhan strain of the coronavirus and the Omicron BA.1 variant, with the EMA expecting to clear it at the end of the month for recall campaigns.

At the last SAGE meeting, they also provided recommendations on the use of the Valneva vaccine, making it the tenth COVID-19 vaccine for which WHO has provided recommendations.


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