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The U.K. said Tuesday it will offer booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone over the age of 50 and other vulnerable people, despite the World Health Organization's plea for richer countries to delay booster shots amid a global vaccine shortage.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization to offer booster shots after an expert panel said they were needed to protect against vaccines beginning to lose efficacy this winter.
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Thehas repeatedly urged for booster shots to be delayed until every country has vaccinated at least 40 percent of their populations, but England's deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van Tam, defended the U.K.'s decision.
"Of course as public health people, we take a very strong view that it is important that the whole world has access to vaccines and that until everyone has access to them none of us are fully safe. We get that," Van Tam said at the briefing. "By the same token, the job given to us is to define what is best for the U.K., and that is what JCVI has done."
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"The JCVI is advising that a booster dose be offered to the more vulnerable, to maximize individual protection ahead of an unpredictable winter,'' Professor Wei Shen Lim, the panel's chair, said during a media briefing. "Most of these people will also be eligible for the annual flu vaccine and we strongly advise them to take up this offer as well."
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The JCVI said booster shots were needed to ensure vulnerable people are protected against COVID-19, because studies have shown that the immunity conferred by vaccines weakens over time. The panel recommended that everyone over 50, as well as health care workers, people with underlying health conditions and those who live with people who are immunosuppressed get a booster shot at least six months after they received their second dose of vaccine.
The WHO said that COVID-19 would continue to threaten people everywhere until all countries vaccinate enough people to head off potentially dangerous new variants.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated the call last week after an earlier appeal was widely ignored.
"I will not stay silent when companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world's poor should be satisfied with leftovers," he said September 8. "Because manufacturers have prioritized or been legally obliged to fulfill bilateral deals with rich countries willing to pay top dollar, low-income countries have been deprived of the tools to protect their people."
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Van Tam said at least nine countries have already announced booster programs and 18 others are considering doing so.
Israel is already providing booster doses to a wide range of people who have received a full two-dose regimen. U.S. health officials are continuing to assess the science and utility of boosters.
WHO officials insist the scientific justification for boosters remains unclear.
Van Tam said the panel was mindful of the appeals to share vaccine, but the panel's primary responsibility was to the U.K.
Oxford University Professor Sarah Gilbert told The Telegraph newspaper last week that immunity from the vaccine was holding up well — even against the Delta variant. While the elderly and those who are immune-compromised may need boosters, the standard two-dose regimen is providing lasting protection for most people, she said.
The panel said thevaccine should be the primary choice for booster shots, with a half-dose of Moderna as an alternative. This is because these messenger RNA vaccines are more effective as booster shots, the JCVI said. The AstraZeneca shot, which is based on a different technology, will be offered to anyone who can't receive an RNA vaccine for clinical reasons.
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