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WHO advisory group will review data on COVID-19 booster shots next week

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An Israeli woman receives a third shot of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

GENEVA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's vaccine advisory group will meet next week to review the data on extra doses of COVID-19 vaccines, a senior official said on Wednesday, as wealthy countries administer booster shots to more of their population.

The WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan did not give a specific date, but said in a briefing the UN agency would give recommendations on the use of boosters after the review.

Mike Ryan, WHO's emergency director, said there was no evidence yet that giving boosters to the whole population, including healthy people, will provide greater protection against the disease.

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Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva. Writing by Josephine Mason. Editing by Jane Merriman

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