A logo is pictured outside a World Health Organization (WHO) building during a board meeting on the update on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ), in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS

“>




A logo is pictured outside a World Health Organization (WHO) building during a board meeting on the update on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ), in Geneva, Switzerland, April 6, 2021. REUTERS

Vaccine advisers at the World Health Organization said yesterday that those over 60 who have been fully immunized with Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines should be offered an additional third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The United Nations health agency’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has also recommended that people with weaker immune systems be offered an extra dose of all licensed Covid-19 vaccines.

For all the latest news, follow the Daily Star’s Google News channel.

Experts stressed that they were not recommending an additional booster dose for the general population.

Several Covid-19 vaccines have received WHO approval for emergency use during the pandemic: Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

He is about to decide whether to give Indian jab Bharat Biotech an emergency use list.

SAGE held a four-day meeting last week to review the latest information and data on a range of vaccines against Covid-19 and other diseases.

“SAGE recommended that people with moderately and severely immunocompromised conditions be offered an additional dose of all WHO EUL (Emergency Use List) Covid-19 vaccines as part of an extended primary series,” said declared the group.

“These people are less likely to respond adequately to vaccination after a series of standard primary vaccines and are at high risk of serious illness from Covid-19. “

He also said that for people fully immunized with the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, an additional third dose of the same vaccine “should be offered to people aged 60 and over.”

A different vaccine “may also be considered depending on vaccine supply and access considerations”.

SAGE added that when implementing this recommendation, countries should initially aim to maximize coverage at two doses in this population and then administer the third dose, starting with the older age groups.


Previous

“A more synodal Church is a missionary Church” | Catholic National Register

Next

Experts Take a Look at Some of the Most Complex Segments of 'Scenes of a Wedding' Streaming on Disney + Hotstar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Check Also