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WHO says people should not be mixing COVID-19 vaccines on their own

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021. 10:07 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “It’s a little bit of a dangerous trend here,” said the World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan in an online briefing talking about mixing COVID-19 Reuters reported.

“It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who will be taking a second, a third and a fourth dose,” said Swaminathan.

Reuters said Swaminathan referred to taking different vaccines made by different companies a “data-free zone” on Monday.

However, the WHO said on Tuesday that there is some data available already and more is on the way as studies are being done.

In June, the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts said persons who had been given Astra Zeneca as a first dose could follow it up with a Pfizer Biontech vaccine if the Astra Zeneca were not available when the time came to take the second dose.

The University of Oxford is conducting clinical trials in which they are studying mixing AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Novovax vaccines.

The WHO said that mix and match studies are evaluating the immunogenicity and safety of mixing COVID-19 vaccines. The WHO added that these decisions should be made by public health agencies based on available data and not by persons individually.

 

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