The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, said Monday that new strains of COVID-19 may be throwing a wrench into the COVID-19 vaccine party. He said the rise of COVID-19 variants may hinder the success of the current vaccine lineup. He said these findings are “concerning news.”
His comments were in response to South Africa’s cancellation of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a move he called “a reminder that we need to do everything we can to reduce circulation of the virus with proven public health measures.”
Ghebreyesu now believes that all vaccine manufacturers will need to modify their existing formulas, which may come in the way of boosters.
WHO’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the South Africa decision regarding AstraZeneca’s vaccine should not lead to a majority conclusion that the vaccine is a failure. She said that current data shows that vaccines are reducing deaths and hospitalizations.
Novavax, Pfizer and BioNTech also distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
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