No evidence for third booster Covid-19 shots says EU medical body


There is not enough evidence to recommend a third booster shot against Covid-19 said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Saturday following the announcement by major EU member states that they would provide a third dose for the most vulnerable from September.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in mid-July that more data was needed before it could recommend booster shots, but the EU's largest countries, Germany and France, were moving ahead with plans to provide some anyway.

And this, despite the call made on Wednesday, by the World Health Organization to have a moratorium until more people around the world have been vaccinated.

"It's too early to say if and when a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed, as there is still not enough evidence from vaccination campaigns and ongoing studies to understand how long protection against the vaccines lasts"  the EMA said

However, Germany plans to provide boosting doses to immuno-compromised patients, the elderly and nursing home residents from September. France is working on giving third installments to elderly and vulnerable groups from next month.

Following reports of the Berlin and Paris plans, a European Commission spokesman said that vaccination decisions were made by national governments, but stressed that the EU Commission on this and other issues - encourages "science-based decisions in line with the EMA Recommendation".


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