On Tuesday, January 12, 2022, World Health Organization (WHO) warned that taking the repetitive booster doses of the original COVID-19 vaccines is not a feasible strategy against the variants of COVID-19, which are emerging. They further urged to go for the new jabs of the vaccine of the COVID-19 pandemic, which can protect against transmission and infection.
World Health Organization has created an expert group that assesses the vaccine’s performance against viral infection, and the group informed that providing fresh doses of the vaccine effective against the COVID-19 virus was not the best way to fight the pandemic if the new strains were emerging around the world.
According to the statement of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-Co-VAC) that the strategy of giving repeated booster shots of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be sustainable and viable.
The group further emphasised that there could be a need to update the existing vaccines against the viral infection; we can target the various emerging COVID-19 variants, such as Omicron, that is spreading massively, and around 149 countries have seen the transmission of the new variant.
It also informed that the new doses of vaccine would not only protect people who get infected with the COVID-19 viral infection from getting severely ill but also better prevent individuals from getting exposed to the deadly virus in the first place.
While highlighting the importance of vaccine, TAG-Co-VAC cited,” The vaccine against the COVID-19 have high impact on prevention of infection and its transmission, additionally it will also protect the people from severe disease and deaths. So, there is enormous of need these vaccine and it should be developed”.
The group also ensured that it will continue to provide the vaccine against infection and disease by variant of concern, such as Omicron and future variants which is approved by the WHO.
Omicron was first detected in the Southern Africa and then spread across the 149 countries.