One of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine creators, Andrew Polland, has said that giving people boosters twice a year is “not sustainable.”
Pollard, who also heads up the U.K.’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), stressed the “need to target the vulnerable” going forward, rather than administering doses to all those over 12 years old.
Pollard states, “more data is needed to ascertain whether, when, and how often those who are vulnerable will need additional doses.”
Pollard cast doubts on the necessity of a fourth vaccine dose, offering it to all medical workers and people over 60 as of Monday.
And in late December, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told public broadcaster ZDF that Germans “will need a fourth vaccination” against COVID-19
The United States has been following behind the U.K. and Germany’s protocol to a lesser extent. On Tuesday, President Biden maintained that COVID-19 is an illness of those who refuse the vaccine, stating that “people who have not gotten shots should be alarmed by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.” Even as it rampages through the vaccinated population.
Biden continued, “There is no excuse – no excuse for anyone being unvaccinated,” Biden said during remarks from the White House following a briefing from his COVID-19 response team. This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated. So we got to make more progress.”
Currently, Dr. Fauci has changed the meaning of vaccinated in the U.S., which now stands at fully vaccinated being both shots and the booster, at 62% of the population.
Biden’s comments regarding what should be required flies in complete opposite of Andrew Pollard, who stated, “the worst is behind us, and the world just needs to get through the winter.” Following it up by saying, “at some point, society has to open up.”
Biden followed his comments by suggesting that vaccinations would “protect” people from getting the illness. Without addressing that, individuals with the vaccination and booster are still getting the Omicron variant.
Biden followed up by saying, “Omicron is very transmissible, transmissible variant, but much different than anything we’ve seen before,” Biden said. “You can protect yourself, and you should protect yourself, quite frankly. Get vaccinated, get boosted. There are plenty of booster shots. Wear a mask while you’re in public.”
While Biden continues to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations, he has yet to have an answer for improving COVID-19 testing.
Biden stated the COVID-19 testing situation in the United States is “frustrating” but maintained that his administration is “making improvements” by creating federal testing sites and making more at-home rapid tests available to the public.
While the Biden administration was scrambling for creating testing sites, the administration paid $5.295 billion for the first 10 million courses of Pfizer’s Paxlovid oral antiviral drug in November that has yet to show a decrease in the number of cases that are being reported.
Pollard is slowly heading the way for hopefully the U.S. It will long be a matter of time before it is shown that all of the additional boosters aren’t helping any additional variants that may be presented in the future. We must get to a point and understand that this is similar to a flu season and continue with our lives without sheltering away for every sniffle.