French health watchdog endorses Covid-19 booster jab for over 65s

France’s health watchdog on Tuesday recommended a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for people over 65 and those with existing medical conditions that could put them in serious danger from Covid-19.

The advice of the control body of the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) applies to people who have already received two doses of vaccine. Now they will be offered an mRNA vaccine like those produced by Pfizer or Moderna, of which France has a large supply.

Last month, the French Ministry of Health announced a booster vaccine for around 5 million of the most vulnerable people, including those in nursing homes.

In its statement, the HAS suggested expanding the criteria for those eligible for a third injection, adding that “the priority for the next few weeks is to increase vaccination coverage, particularly in the 80+ group, where vaccination coverage remains insufficient (79.9 percent).) “.

Booster injections of the vaccine should be implemented from the end of October, the watchdog added.

France averages around 20,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, and the return from schools next week after the summer break raises concerns about a further increase in infections.

The World Health Organization has called for a moratorium on booster injections until at least the end of September to address inequalities in the global dose distribution.

Israel became one of the first countries to start giving booster injections in late July after a spike in new cases. Germany and the United States have said they will start in September.

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( Jowharwith AFP)

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