The WHO fears the omicron variant may lead to a new round of vaccine hoarding

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: Pfizer via AP

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is still uncertain whether booster doses help with the omicron variant. The organization discourages rich countries from hoarding vaccines.

The WHO’s vaccination advisers fear that rich countries will rush to obtain more vaccine doses. They believe that this – without clear evidence that booster doses are needed against omicron – can worsen the skewed distribution of vaccines in the world.

“While we are now heading into whatever the omicron situation turns out to be, there is a risk that the global supply of vaccines will again go to high-income countries that hoard (vaccines) to protect their population in an excessive way,” WHO vaccine chief Kate O’Brien said on Thursday.

Her statement comes after the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer has claimed that three doses of their vaccine can also protect people against the omicron variant.

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