Connecting Regions of Asia.

Unethical to give COVID-19 booster doses now

12



Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India said on Friday that it was unethical to start giving the third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to someone when others in certain countries and populations have not even got two doses for full vaccination.

For example, only 2 to 3 per cent of developing world countries have received vaccines, while it has gone up to 40 to 50 per cent in the developed world.

Addressing the media along with Biocon chief Kiran Majumdar Shaw, he said, “The third dose of vaccine is not right, at least till significant part of the other countries get 2 doses and then, of course, we look into third dose or an annual booster shot or something like that.”

“Maybe some very vulnerable sections, immuno-compromised people could do with some booster shots. There is no evidence to show Covishield requires a third dose. Some people may have taken it… we have not recommended it yet,” he said.

The government and drug controller’s office will have to take a decision on the third booster dose based on data and cases as time goes on and including how effective the vaccine is on the Delta virus variant, he added.

“I know some vaccines in the West recommending the third dose because the antibody response has dropped a little, but we will wait and see, the goal is to give two doses to everyone and then look at three doses as a booster,” he said.

“We are fortunate in India being in the developing world, having many Indian manufacturers… they have been able to give the population vaccines. But, if we didn`t have them in India, we would be in the same position as African countries who have not been able to get vaccines,” Poonawalla added.

(Agency Inputs)


Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More