The European Commissioner for Health and Safety said, on Friday, that the European Union is “ready” for the possibility of a third injection to its population of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNtech, which its manufacturers propose.
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“We are already prepared in case we need it, both at the European level and in terms of the European strategy” for the joint procurement and distribution of vaccines, the commissioner said at a press conference in Madrid on the sidelines of the Spanish health minister in the state of Carolina. Daria.
“We are working on it on an ongoing basis, but the decision on that will be based on science,” said Stella Kyriakides.
She added that her team was “constantly working with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention (ECDC) to adopt a position in the coming weeks or months.”
Despite progress in the EU vaccination campaign (65% of citizens received a first dose, and 47% both), the Cypriot commissioner warned: Europe is “in a very fragile situation, due to the increase (in cases)” we are seeing in many member states Because of the delta variable”.
“Now is not the time to relax,” she insisted.
Thursday, the Pfizer and BioNTech labs announced that they would provide “encouraging results from ongoing trials of a third dose of the current vaccine” to regulatory authorities in the United States and Europe.
Both companies believe that a third dose can boost antibody levels against the virus and also against the highly contagious delta variant.