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In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Professor Sir Andrew Pollard—a scientist who helped create Oxford’s AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19—warned that carrying out a vaccination process for a fourth dose worldwide is basically not possible.
“We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months,” Pollard said in the interview. “It’s not sustainable or affordable. In the future, we need to target the vulnerable.”
The Oxford University professor recalled that many people in underdeveloped countries have not yet received even their first dose of the vaccine, so the idea of a fourth dose is hasty and inconvenient.
“And remember that, today, less than 10 percent of people in low-income countries have even had their first dose, so the whole idea of regular fourth doses globally is just not sensible.”
He also pointed out that more evidence is needed for a fourth dose of the vaccine. Pollard said it is dangerous to follow the lead of Israel and Germany, which are already giving new booster doses to those over 65 years of age.
“The future needs to target vulnerable people and make boosters or treatments available to protect them,” Professor Pollard said. “We know that people have strong antibodies for a few months after their third vaccination, but more data are needed to assess whether, when and how often those who are vulnerable will need additional doses.”
Andrew Pollard: “Misinformation risks people’s lives”
The scientist also referred to the “misinformation” around vaccines, warning that this can end up costing lives, especially when the “misinformation” comes from politicians.
Sir Pollard pointedly criticized two leading politicians in the West: French President Emmanuel Macron and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who at the time questioned the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the over-65s and warned about the risk of blood clots. At the time, several African countries decided to suspend the use of the Oxford-created drug.
Pollard commented that “misinformation risks people’s lives. It’s highly likely that people became seriously ill and died because of vaccine misinformation.”
“Some of this misinformation came intentionally from individuals against vaccinations, and others came from the unintentional effects of comments from politicians. Let’s just say that comments made in mainland Europe affected people in Africa,” he added.
The British scientist also said that there was little point in trying to stop all COVID-19 infections and that at some point society will have to open up again.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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