EU health ministers meeting today to discuss approach to fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines

EU health ministers meeting today to discuss approach to fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines
# 21 January 2022 16:25 (UTC +04:00)

Francesco Guarascio has a scene-setter for Reuters from Brussels where European Union health ministers will try to find a common line on Friday over a potential fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines, APA reports citing The Guardian.

The EU drugs regulator said earlier this week it would be reasonable to give a fourth dose to people with severely weakened immune systems, but more evidence was needed.

Ministers will discuss “the administration of the fourth dose,” said a press release issued by the French presidency of the EU, which organised the video-conference for health ministers at short notice.

EU members Hungary and Denmark have already decided to roll out a fourth dose of Covid vaccines. Copenhagen said it would do so for the most vulnerable, while the Hungarian government said everybody could get it after a consultation with a doctor.

The rollout of fourth doses began in Israel last month, making it the first country to administer the so-called second booster.

Many, though, consider that more data is needed before making decisions on that.

The French presidency said the video conference was meant to find a common approach at an EU level on vaccination strategies. The meeting will also discuss coordination of other Covid policies, including for possible new joint purchases of vaccines, as “vaccines adapted to variants are coming soon,” the French presidency said.

#
#

THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED