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EU recommends “Fourth shot” of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 years old

EU recommends “Fourth shot” of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 years old



 

EU recommends “Fourth shot” of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 years old.

COVID-19 hospitalization rate rises, EU recommends “Fourth shot” for people over 60 years old.

On July 11, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on the 11th that in view of the new upward trend in the infection rate and hospital admission rate of the COVID-19 virus in Europe, it is recommended that countries vaccinate the second dose of the COVID-19 virus for people over 60 years old and susceptible. Vaccine booster shot.

 

Andrea Amon, director of the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement: “We are currently seeing increasing rates of Covid-19 infection in some countries, driven by the BA. Rates of hospitalizations and intensive care unit use for COVID-19 are also on the rise.”

 

 

EU recommends "Fourth shot" of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 years old

On July 8, a man wearing a mask walked in the Louvre Square in Paris, France. Statistics from the French government on the 8th showed that the country added 74 new deaths from the COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and the cumulative number of deaths exceeded 150,000. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Aurelian Morisal)

 

“This marks the start of a new wave of widespread Covid-19 in the EU,” Amon said, adding that a second booster dose now given to people over 60 and those with weakened immune systems could avoid large numbers of hospitalizations, Severe and fatal cases.

 

The European Commission’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kirakidis, called on the corresponding population to be vaccinated as soon as possible on the 11th.

“As we head into summer and infections and hospitalizations are rising again, I urge everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. No time to waste,” she said.

 

In April, the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the second booster dose be given only to people over 80 and those with particularly weakened immune systems.

 

The new vaccination recommendation is expected to promote the promotion of the “fourth shot” of the COVID-19 vaccine, that is, the second booster dose, in many European countries in the corresponding population.

Vaccination efforts in some European countries have slowed to a point of near-stop in recent months, according to Reuters.

 

The European Centre for Disease Control and the European Medicines Agency say the second dose should be given at least four months after the first booster dose.

 

Pfizer and Moderna have recently been testing vaccine candidates against the BA.1 subclade of the Omicron strain.

Several pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines against more mutated strains of the new coronavirus, and the European Medicines Agency is reviewing two new coronavirus vaccines against the mutated strains.

 

For now, it is important to consider using existing vaccines to give people at highest risk of infection a second booster dose, European Medicines Agency director Aimer Cook said.

 

The European Medicines Agency said on the 7th that according to forecasts, by the end of July, the subclades of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 may “replace all other mutant strains” and become the main strains circulating in Europe.

There is currently no evidence that these two strains are more pathogenic than earlier strains, but they are spreading rapidly in older populations and are causing more severe cases.

 

 

 

 

 

EU recommends “Fourth shot” of COVID-19 vaccine for people over 60 years old

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