Can't vaccinate planet every 6 months

… we just don’t have the infrastructure or the ability.

‘We can’t vaccinate the planet every six months,’ says Oxford vaccine scientist
https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/04/health/andrew-pollard-booster…

(CNN)A leading expert who helped create the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine said Tuesday that giving everyone in the world booster shots multiple times a year is not feasible.
“We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable,”

Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and head of the UK’s Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Tuesday.

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And yet, somehow, we have the infrastructure to (mostly) feed everyone multiple times per day at a greater cost per day than the once per 6 months vaccine cost, more or less. And have lots of extra food that gets thrown away.

Good thing that professors aren’t in charge of the food supply.

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Vaccine prices vary wildly by manufacturer and country, but Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) is typically avaiable for under $5 a dose. With eight billion people in the world, it would cost forty billion–probably double–at least to vaccinate everyone every six months. Let’s say an even $200 billion to vaccinate everyone per year (two doses per year).

That’s a lot of dough, but look at how much we pay for military security. Isn’t health and economic security just as important? And if we did that, we might not have COVID to worry about at all, except as an annoyance like flu. And it isn’t like we’d be the only ones paying. Western nations and China could pay for their own shots and a consortium of richer nations could pay for the rest.

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‘We can’t vaccinate the planet every six months,’ says Oxford vaccine scientist

Actually we could with the new anti-viral oral meds coming out but of course, we can’t force compliance so with a vax rate of only 70% (for the US), it won’t likely matter. Perhaps the next variant will be even more contagious than Omicron and we will eventually reach some herd immunity.