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Vaccines and immunisationOxford Vaccine Group and Gavi say western leaders should not reject their duty to the rest of humankind

Fri 13 Aug 2021 14.26 BSTMany more individuals around the world will pass away of Covid if western political leaders “decline their obligation to the rest of mankind” by prioritising booster shots for their own populations rather of sharing doses, the head of the Oxford vaccine group has warned.Writing for the Guardian, Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, and Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, the vaccine alliance, state that the clinical and public health case for large-scale enhancing has actually not been made and might have significant consequences in other countries.”Andrew Pollard., director of the Oxford Vaccine Group Photograph: Henry Nicholls/ReutersOn Tuesday, Sajid Javid said plans were in location to provide all over-50s a Covid booster at the same time as they get the flu jab. While the yellow fever vaccine, which provides lifelong protection with one dose, the influenza jab is provided every year. Pollard and Berkley say it is unclear where the Covid vaccine sits on the spectrum but– so far– it is clear it is offering protection versus serious illness, including that caused by the main versions. They include that for those who do not react well to vaccines– a group which some have actually suggested ought to get a booster– “more doses will not help”.

Fri 13 Aug 2021 14.26 BSTMany more people around the world will die of Covid if western political leaders “decline their obligation to the rest of humanity” by prioritising booster shots for their own populations instead of sharing dosages, the head of the Oxford vaccine group has warned.Writing for the Guardian, Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, and Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, the vaccine alliance, say that the scientific and public health case for large-scale enhancing has not been made and could have significant effects in other countries.”Andrew Pollard., director of the Oxford Vaccine Group Photograph: Henry Nicholls/ReutersOn Tuesday, Sajid Javid said strategies were in location to offer all over-50s a Covid booster at the same time as they get the flu jab. Pollard and Berkley state it is uncertain where the Covid vaccine sits on the spectrum but– so far– it is clear it is using protection against extreme illness, including that triggered by the main variants.

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