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EU recommends second booster dose for over-60s

Faced with the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Commission and the health agencies of the European Union recommended, on Monday, a second booster dose of vaccines for all those over 60, instead of 80 so far.

Extended booster vaccination. The Commission and the health agencies of the European Union recommended, on Monday July 11, a second booster dose of vaccines against Covid-19 for everyone over 60, instead of 80, in the face of the new “vast wave current case.

“I call on Member States to immediately offer second boosters to all over 60s and vulnerable people, and I call on all eligible people to come forward for vaccination,” said the European Commissioner for Health. Health, Stella Kyriakides.

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Hospitalization on the rise

The recommendation also applies to all vulnerable people, say the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in a joint press release.

In April, the two EU health agencies had already recommended this second booster dose – in most cases the fourth dose – for the over-80s, but signaled that an extension to the over-60s could follow.

Europe is facing “an increase in Covid cases but also an upward trend in the number of hospitalizations or emergency admissions in several countries, mainly due to the BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron” , underlined the director of the ECDC, Andrea Ammon, quoted in the press release.

New wave

“This signals the start of a new widespread wave of Covid-19 across the European Union. There are still too many people at risk of serious Covid infection whom we must protect as soon as possible”, insists the official European.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization for its Europe zone covering around fifty countries, the number of Covid cases has been rising sharply since the end of May.

The number of new daily cases exceeded 675,000 on Friday, returning to its level of early April after the strong winter wave.

According to the ECDC and the EMA, on the other hand, there is “at this stage no clear evidence justifying giving a second booster dose to people under 60 who do not have a higher risk of developing a serious form. ” of Covid-19.

With AFP