The European Commission cleared the way for the application of a third dose of coronavirus vaccines on Thursday: it will be the power of each State to apply a “reinforcement”, reported. The statement came after a request from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the richest countries postpone the third dose to allow the poorest to vaccinate at least 10% of their population.
For a few weeks and due to the irruption of the Delta variant, a group of European nations has promoted giving a third dose to complement the immunization of its inhabitants.
Germany and France – also the United Kingdom, which is no longer part of the EU – announced another round of vaccinations for the beginning of September. A measure that shot strong criticism.
Health authorities in Africa, a continent where only the 1,58% his 1,200 million inhabitants He is vaccinated with the two doses against covid-19, they supported the request for a moratorium launched by the WHO.
“Our position is clear. We need to vaccinate as many people as possible with the vaccines available before we start looking at booster doses, “said John Nkengasong, director of the African Union Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After releasing the statement, the EC spokeswoman, Arianna Podestá, specified during a press conference that “the choice on whether to administer a booster dose rests with the member states. And we encourage decisions to be based on science“.
Podestá clarified that, in any case, for the future it is necessary “continue to ensure the availability of sufficient vaccines; for reinforcement if the scientific evidence confirms it and also for the appearance of new variants “.
A video uploaded this Thursday on social networks shows French President Emmanuel Macron announcing that his country prepares to administer the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine “for the oldest and most fragile people.” “That is why we are preparing for this third dose,” he clarified.
The new schedule, detailed the French president, will begin in September.
Thus, France joined Germany and the United Kingdom, which together with Israel, are shown with a strong decision to embark on the path of the third dose of vaccines.
Precisely, in Israel since Sunday the third dose is already administered to those over 60 years: this Thursday that country exceeded 260,000 people inoculated with this additional application.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, one of the countries that most successfully fought the virus and that has been practically normal for months, remains oblivious to the global fever for vaccines, with a much slower rate of inoculation than developed nations.
With less than 17% of its population fully vaccinated, New Zealand lags behind Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Albania and Peru in terms of doses administered per 100 inhabitants, according to a table in the US newspaper The New York Times.
In Latin America
Chile and Uruguay lead the way for the Latin American countries that evaluate this third dose. The Chilean Health Minister, Enrique Paris, affirmed that it will be launched a “booster dose” program, although it remains to set its calendar and determine what part of the population it will reach.
On the other hand, the Chilean Government is processing the corresponding permits to start vaccinating with the Chinese formula Sinovac to children between 3 and 11 years old.
For more than a month, Chile was immunizing the minors from 12 to 17 years old with the Pfizer vaccine, but for lack of stock stopped the plan until more doses arrive.
The trans-Andean country would become Sinovac operations center for Latin America, with two locations – one in Santiago and the other in Antofagasta – that would begin operating in March 2022.
With information from EFE.