The European Commission today cleared the way for the third dose by attributing the decision to each state, and limiting itself to suggesting taking into account the scientific evidence, when some member countries such as Germany or France, or from outside, the United Kingdom, announce the start in September a new round of vaccinations.
The most developed countries are already considering the option for autumn, despite yesterday’s request for a moratorium from the World Health Organization (WHO), which calls for solidarity with the poorest countries, and especially with their most vulnerable inhabitants and the most vulnerable. exposed.
The health authorities of Africa, a continent in which only 1.58% of its 1,200 million inhabitants are vaccinated against covid-19 with the full schedule, supported this Thursday the request for a moratorium launched by the WHO.
“Our position is clear. We need to vaccinate as many people as possible with the available vaccines before we start looking towards booster doses, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday. the African Union, John Nkengasong.
“This position is because we know the risk of creating more variants,” added the leader of the African anticovid response.
However, companies like Moderna are betting on the third dose before the end of the year due to the probable increase in infections caused by the delta variant.
“We believe that a booster (dose 3) will probably be necessary this fall (northern hemisphere), particularly due to delta,” said the company, which claims to have obtained promising protection data with a 50-microgram dose and awaits another dose of 100.
For Moderna “the increased infection strength resulting from delta”, “fatigue” from prevention actions and “seasonal effects”, such as spending more time indoors, “will lead to an increase in breakthrough infections in vaccinated people.”
The companies have a huge fund of resources in that third dose, and according to data compiled by Efe, the large international pharmaceutical companies involved in the production of the vaccine against covid-19 earned, as a whole, more than 24,500 million euros in the first half of 2021, driven by growing demand for the drug.
According to data compiled by Efe, the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Janssen’s parent company, achieved a net profit of 24,522 million euros in this period, representing an increase of 66% compared to 2020.
In the current dilemma, EC spokeswoman Arianna Podestà specified today during a press conference that “the choice of whether to administer a booster dose rests with the Member States. As always, we encourage science-based decisions, online with the advice of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) “.
He clarified that, in any case, for the future it is necessary “to continue guaranteeing the availability of sufficient vaccines, also in the coming years, given the possible need for booster doses if the scientific evidence confirms it and also for the appearance of new variants” .
Today in a video posted on social networks, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country is preparing to administer the third dose of the covid vaccine “for the oldest and most fragile people.”
The new dose, he clarified, will begin to be injected from September.
“A third dose will certainly be necessary, not for everyone immediately, but for the oldest and most frail. That is why we are preparing for this third dose,” Macron explained.
And according to him, that is the doctrine that the scientists have indicated to them, who recommend that for “immunosuppressed people (…) it has been established that to fight efficiently against the virus, memories” of the vaccine will be necessary.
France thus joins Germany or the United Kingdom, which together with Israel, are more than determined to embark on the path of the third dose.
Also today, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benet today encouraged those over 60 to receive the third dose.
“I would like to reiterate, whoever is over 60 years old and has not yet received the third dose of the vaccine, is six times more susceptible to serious diseases and, God forbid, to death,” Benet warned.
The third dose is already administered from Sunday to those over 60 in Israel and today exceeded 260,000 people inoculated with that additional injection.
In mid-July, Israel has already started administering the third dose to immunosuppressed adults as well.
In Chile, at the forefront of Latin American countries that plan to plan that third dose together with Uruguay, its Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, confirmed today that a “booster dose” program will be launched, although it remains to set its schedule and determine what part of the population will access.
China, which has administered 1.726 million doses of its vaccines but does not publish data on how many people have received the full vaccination schedule, is maintaining its suppression strategy by quickly detecting new outbreaks and thus keeping the danger of the Delta variant at bay.
New Zealand, one of the countries that has fought COVID-19 with the greatest success and has experienced a normal normality for months, remains oblivious to the global fever for vaccines, with the slowest rate of inoculation of developed nations.
With less than 17 percent of its eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, New Zealand lags behind Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Albania and Peru when it comes to doses administered per 100 inhabitants, according to a table from the The New York Times newspaper.