While the world debates the strategy of applying a third dose of vaccines against Covid-19 and some countries, such as Brazil, are beginning to adopt this complement in immunization, at least two world leaders have already guaranteed this reinforcement.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, 49, received the third dose of the vaccine from Pfizer on the 20th, when the country extended the possibility of boosting it to people over 40 years old. Since July, Israelis aged 60 and over have been able to take the extra dose, in an effort by the country to stop the advance of the delta variant of the coronavirus, more contagious than the original strain.
Another leader who has already taken the third dose of the vaccine was the president of Uruguay, Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, 48, on the 28th. He had been immunized with two doses of Coronavac, between March and April, and received a booster from the Coronavac vaccine Pfizer.
Another country with a conservative president who is already applying the extra dose against Covid-19 is Chile. There are still no records, however, that Sebastián Piñera, 71, has taken the backup, even though the Chilean is a great supporter of vaccination.
In the northern hemisphere, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, 78, announced that he intends to take the booster dose when it begins to be applied in the country — which is scheduled to take place later this month of September.
In the UK, a rumor circulated that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had received a booster of the immunizing agent, in addition to the doses he took in March and June. The photo that accompanied the fake news, however, showed the politician getting vaccinated against the flu. The British for the time being are planning to start a third-dose campaign for immunosuppressed people, probably this month.
Also in Europe, France began last Wednesday (25) to apply a third dose in older people and who were immunized for more than six months. Germany has also stepped up immunization in elderly people living in nursing homes. Most vulnerable people are expected to start receiving an extra dose in Italy later this month.
In Japan, the government plans to apply the third dose only at the beginning of next year, for health workers, who are more exposed to contamination.
As these countries have not yet begun to offer large-scale reinforcements, their leaders — Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Yoshihide Suga, respectively — have not yet been immunized. In Canada, the last member of the G7 (the world’s leading economies), some provinces such as Quebec and Alberta last week began to give the extra dose to the elderly and vulnerable people.
So far, there is no consensus among scientists and health agencies about the need for a third dose.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Aug. 18 that current data do not indicate the need to boost the vaccine and has repeatedly called for postponements where the process has already begun. According to the organization, the most vulnerable people around the world must be vaccinated before high-income countries apply an additional dose.
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro imposed secrecy on his vaccination card and stated that he would be the last to be immunized against Covid-19 in the country.