The government of USA decided to open the reinforcements of the COVID-19 vaccine a all adults, and took the additional step of urging people 50 and older to administer it, aiming to avoid a winter surge as coronavirus cases rise, even before millions of Americans travel for vacation. end of the year.
Until now, Americans faced a confusing list of who was eligible for a booster that varied based on age, health, and the type of vaccine they received first. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized changes to the reinforcements of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that make it easier.
Under the new rules, anyone 18 years of age or older can choose a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For those who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, the wait was already only two months. And people can apply the booster from any company regardless of which one they used for their initial doses.
“We heard clearly that people needed something simpler, and this, I think, is simple,” said Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s director of vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had to give its go-ahead before the new policy was made official yesterday afternoon.
The number 1 priority for the United States, and for the world, continues to be getting more unvaccinated people to get their first doses.
EUROPE IS NOT IMPROVING
The Austrian population, including people immunized against COVID-19, will have to respect a lockdown from Monday and vaccination will be mandatory from February 1; the country becomes the first state in the European Union to adopt such drastic measures in the face of the resurgence of the pandemic.
The director of Germany’s disease control agency said the country entered a “state of national emergency” due to the spike in cases.
AP and AFP