Why rushing COVID-19 booster shots for everyone could do more harm than good

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Canada should help vaccinate world first and wait for doses that target variants, say experts. Canadians may be eager to get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to further protect themselves in the fourth wave, but the lack of evidence for booster shots in the general public and the desperate need for vaccines worldwide should give us pause. The World Health Organization recently called for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September, but rich countries are forging ahead with plans for additional doses now regardless — including parts of Canada. But the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) health agency said Wednesday there is no need to rush out booster shots for the general public because all authorized vaccines are highly protective against hospitalization, severe disease and death from COVID-19.

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