WHO backs Covid-19 booster jab for people with ineffective immune systems — R…

The World Health Organization has recommended booster shots for people with ineffective immune systems as they are less likely to respond adequately to the standard course of vaccinations.

On Monday, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccine advisory group said that people with compromised immune systems should be given a Covid-19 booster shot.

“Moderately and severely immunocompromised persons should be offered an additional measure,” the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said. “These individuals are less likely to respond adequately to vaccination following a standard dominant vaccine series and are at high risk of harsh Covid-19,” they additional.

The WHO has before warned developed nations against administering booster shots, claiming that they should be focusing on sharing their vaccines with poorer nations around the world to ensure a larger proportion of the global population is inoculated.

Last week, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that people with a ineffective immune system receive a third measure of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.

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The EMA noted that the third measure should be given 28 days after the second measure is administered but admitted there is little scientific evidence for the booster shot in people with ineffective immune systems. It said it is “expected that the additional measure would increase protection at the minimum in some patients.”

Prior to the EMA announcement, many nations in Europe had already started administering booster shots more broadly to older generations amid concerns about waning efficiency over time.

Israeli research indicates that the administration of a third measure of Pfizer to the non-immunocompromised population produces 10 times more antibodies than the second measure.

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