Faced with the seventh wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Commission and the health agencies of the European Union recommended on Monday 11 July a second booster dose of vaccines for all over 60s, instead of the 80 so far. “I ask Member States to immediately offer a second booster to all over 60s and vulnerable people and call on all eligible people to come forward for vaccination.”said the European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides.

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

Increase in cases and hospitalizations

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 they signaled that an extension to the over 60 could follow. facing “the increase in Covid cases but also an upward trend in the number of hospitalizations or emergency hospitalizations in various countries, mainly due to the BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron”underlined the director of the ECDC, Andrea Ammon, quoted in the communiqué.

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“This marks the beginning of a new widespread wave of Covid-19 across the European Union. There are still too many people at risk of a serious Covid infection that we need to protect as soon as possible. “insists the European official.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization for its European area which covers about fifty countries, the number of Covid cases has been increasing sharply since the end of May.

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The number of new cases per day surpassed 675,000 on Friday, returning to the level of early April after the sharp winter surge. According to the ECDC and the EMA, however, they do not exist “At this stage, there is no clear evidence to justify giving a second booster dose to people under 60 who are not at increased risk of developing a severe form” of Covid-19.

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The world with AFP


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