During the World Health Organization’s last media briefing of 2021, Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, has advised countries not to use vaccine boosters as a direct replacement of precautionary measures.
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While speaking at the briefing in Geneva, the DG said, “No country can boost its way out of the pandemic and boosters cannot be seen as a ticket to go ahead with planned celebrations, without the need for other precautions.”
He added that more focus should be on vaccinating about 40 percent of a country’s population and 70 percent by mid 2022. He also emphasized that vaccines are still effective against both the omicron and delta variant.
Speaking about the possibility of an end to Covid, he said, “As we approach a new year, we must all learn the painful lessons this year taught us. 2022 must be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it must also be the beginning of something else – a new era of solidarity.”