There’s “no evidence right now” that healthy kids and adolescents need COVID-19 booster shots, says the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chief Scientist.
The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is set to meet later this week to discuss how countries should deal with authorizing and distributing third-dose booster shots. There’s a bunch of thorny issues to unpick – from global vaccine inequality to the effectiveness of the current vaccines against new variants – but one thing that sounds surprisingly clear is the WHO’s stance on booster doses for healthy children.
“There is no evidence right now that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the WHO, said at a media briefing on Tuesday.
The WHO has said it’s especially aware that many parts of the world still have extremely low vaccination rates, while other parts have vaccinated