There have been suggestions that the world might continue to receive vaccine boosters against COVID-19 every 6 months for the foreseeable future but now, one scientist from Oxford, slammed the idea, claiming that it’s a strategy impossible to be made a reality. Here’s why and what he had to say!
The scientist in question is named Andrew Pollard and he is the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group as well as the head of U.K.’s Committee on Vaccination and Immunization.
Pollard, who also helped develop the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, talked to The Daily Telegraph not too long ago, saying that in reality, vaccine manufacturers will never be able to actually keep up with the pace of periodical booster vaccinations.
More precisely, he suggested that they can’t keep up with such a demand in the long run.
“We cannot vaccinate the whole planet every 4 to 6 months. It is not sustainable or affordable,” Pollard stated.
As a result, he suggested that health officials “need to target the vulnerable” instead of vaccinating everyone all over the world twice a year.
Pollard talked to Sky News as well, telling the publication that while vaccine rollouts at such a rate may indeed be able to keep many people safe from COVID-19, in the long run such a strategy is not affordable.
“It is just not — from a global perspective — it is not affordable, sustainable or deliverable to give boosters to everybody on the planet every six months. And remember that even less than 10 percent of people in low income countries have had even their first dose today, so the idea of regular fourth doses globally is not sensible,” he stated.
This clap back comes after rumors of a possible fourth COVID-19 vaccine, which would count as a second booster.
Furthermore, a government panel formed by Israel experts in the field, recommended a fourth dose for all people aged 60 and older as per BBC News.
This recommendation was considered as a way to fight back against the newest COVID strain, Omicron, a variant that is highly contagious when compared to the ones that came before it.
In response, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that “This is some wonderful news that will assist us in getting through the omicron wave that’s engulfing the world.”
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, also stated that a fourth vaccine dose might be necessary, mentioning, however, that there may also be a need for more research on the matter first.
Fauci said that “It is conceivable that in the future, we may need an additional shot, but right now, we’re hoping that we will get a greater degree of durability of protection from that booster shot. So we are going to take one step at a time, get all the data from the third booster and then make decisions based on scientific data.”
In the meantime, another person not too keen on the idea of a fourth vaccine, Utah Department of Health’s immunization director, Rich Lakin, told Deseret News that “It is too soon. We actually have not even discussed a fourth dose at all.”