Editorial: Fight continues

White House Chief Medical advisor Anthony Fauci hinted that there may be the need for the fourth-dose boost in the United States to battle with Covid-19 variant Omicron, adding that the booster could be based on age, as well as underlying conditions of the individual.

‘There may be the need for yet again another boost – in this case, a fourth-dose boost for an individual receiving the mRNA – that could be based on age, as well as underlying conditions,’ Dr Fauci said. He said that that’s obviously an issue that has been followed very closely.

President Biden’s top medical adviser said that half a million people around the world have died of Covid-19 since the omicron variant of the coronavirus was first detected in November, terming it the full-blown pandemic phase of the coronavirus crisis.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said that about 1,00,000 of the deaths since Omicron was declared a variant of concern occurred in the United States. Dr Fauci said, The data from the trials on children from six months to 24 months, as well as those from 21 months to – up to the end of four years have been conducted by the pharmaceutical company, in this case, Pfizer.

Recently, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Covid deaths are increasing in many parts of the world. He warned it would be premature for any country either to surrender or to declare victory against the coronavirus. We’re concerned that a narrative has taken hold in some countries that because of vaccines, and because of Omicron’s high transmissibility and lower severity, preventing transmission is no longer possible, and no longer necessary, he said. ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.’