- The WHO’s top scientist said it’s too early to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
- Soumya Swaminathan said we don’t yet have enough data.
- Vaccine manufacturers are developing extra doses that could boost the immune response in fully-vaccinated people.
The World Health Organization’s top scientist says it’s too early to recommend COVID-19 booster shots.
Vaccine manufacturers are developing extra doses that could boost the immune response in fully vaccinated people, but Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the WHO, said that “we don’t have the information that’s necessary to make the recommendation on whether or not a booster will be needed.”
Swaminathan told Bloomberg on Friday that it was “premature” to recommend boosters while the “science is still evolving,” and when many high-risk people around the world still haven’t had their first shot. Less than 10% of the world’s population is fully vaccinated, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data.