WHO asks to speed up the vaccination campaign and administer the two doses of Pfizer’s
The president of the Strategic Advisory Group of Immunization Experts (SAGE, for its acronym in English) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Alejandro Cravioto, reported this Monday at a press conference that the United Nations body advises administer the two doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. “For now data are lacking on the efficacy and safety of a single dose »Cravioto said, to point out that SAGE also advises administering it only in places where anaphylaxis can be treated.
Precisely this Monday, the American Drug Agency (FDA, for its acronym in English) has warned that changing the doses of the vaccines available against Covid-19, as is being suggested in some countries, such as Germany, can put public health “at risk”.
“The current recommendation is to give the second dose in a frame between 21 and 28 days. We need to have clear data and for now there is little data that could allow us to make a different recommendation ”, added SAGE Secretary Joachim Hombach.
“As fast as possible”
The director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has urged countries to vaccinate their populations “as quickly as possible” against the coronavirus, and pharmaceutical companies that increase the supply of vaccines and that this is “affordable and consistent.”
In the first press conference of the year, Tedros highlighted that the vaccines against Covid-19 that are currently being administered they are “very effective and safe” for populations that are at high risk of becoming ill after becoming infected with the coronavirus.
“A year after the coronavirus was first reported, more than 30 countries have begun vaccinating their most vulnerable populations. The scientific community has established a new level for the development of vaccines and now the international community must establish a new level for access to them, ”said the WHO Director-General.
In this sense, Tedros has highlighted the need to vaccinate health professionals, recalling that they have been and are the people who are on the front line in the fight against coronavirus. “Morally, economically, socially and for world security we must act to ensure that there is an equitable deployment of the vaccine,” he added.
Finally, during the press conference, the Director of Health Emergencies of the WHO, Michael Ryan, highlighted the importance of monitoring vaccines in the populations to which they are administered.