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EMA considers widespread vaccination with the fourth dose unsustainable –


Vaccinations every few months could discourage people.

AMSTERDAM. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday questioned the possibility of vaccination of the population with a fourth dose vaccines against coronavirus.

According to her, repeated administration of booster doses every few months would probably not be a sustainable strategy, AFP reported.

The EMA also expressed the belief that the spread of a new coronavirus variant omicron shifts Covid-19 from a pandemic phase toward a persistent disease that humanity will be able to live with. The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously commented on this issue in a similar way.

“If our strategy is to give booster doses every four months, we could potentially develop problems with the immune response,” said Marco Cavaleri, EMA’s representative for vaccination strategies.

According to him, in such a case, there would also be a risk that people would start to get tired of the constant administration of supportive benefits. At the same time, however, he expressed the hope that the new highly contagious variant of omicron would move Covid-19 from a pandemic phase to an endemic one, a disease that humanity can live with.

“In addition to vaccination, naturally acquired immunity (acquired by overcoming the disease) will increase significantly with the omicron. We will quickly approach a scenario that is closer to endemicity,” Cavaleri said.

According to him, as part of the new vaccination strategy, the administration of booster doses of anti-cancer vaccines at longer intervals should be considered. According to him, such vaccination campaigns could take place regularly before the beginning of the winter season, as is the case with common influenza vaccines.

At the same time, however, Cavaleri warned that the spread of covid was still in a pandemic phase and that omicron was placing an enormous burden on national health systems. “No one knows exactly when we will be at the end of the tunnel, but we will get there,” he said.

In this context, the EMA referred to the results of studies according to which omicron is more infectious than the previously dominant variant delta, however, the risk of hospitalizations caused by it is about half to two thirds lower.

The WHO estimated on Tuesday that more than half of Europe’s population is likely to become infected with the omicron variant over the next two months, the AFP agency writes.



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