EMA should authorize third dose for seniors. Portugal just waits the green light

The scientific evidence made available so far is that the vaccine scheme is effective, but it is starting to become clear that this protection, despite being significant, is not as high after a few months as after vaccination in the above age groups 65 years old. In this sense, taking into account the results of two large scientific studies and the experience of some countries, which started the third dose, everything indicates that the administration of this dose has a reduced risk and a positive impact on these people.” The vaccination process explained to the DN what should be followed in relation to the vaccination boost for the senior age group.

According to her, this is also the interpretation that should be accepted by the experts of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is expected to reach a decision in early October, probably in the next week, in the sense of authorization of the vaccine booster for people over 65 years of age. “In light of the scientific evidence, everything points out that the EMA’s decision goes in this direction,” said the same source.

Therefore, when this Thursday the prime minister, António Costa, went to the country to announce that the conditions were met to move towards the third and final phase of the prolonged discontinuation that began in July and that everything was ready to move forward. with the third dose at the age of 65, I knew this was the understanding of the experts of the Technical Commission on Vaccination (CTV) against Covid-19.

Portugal is just waiting for the green light from the EMA to move forward, since “”we live in a European space and we must wait for the authorization of the EMA, until vaccines are made available for this purpose”, they explained to the DN. However, there are member states of the EU who have already decided to administer this booster dose, even without a decision by the European health authority, although “they face higher legal risks, without a formal decision from the EMA”, argued the DN sources.

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But, last Thursday, António Costa guaranteed that the country has enough doses of vaccines to start this new campaign against covid-19, hoping that it will be finished by Christmas, so that we can all live this season “more protected “.

Remember that Portugal has already managed to reach 83% of the vaccinated population, being six percentage points of the total population that can be inoculated (89%) -11% are under 12 years old. But Portugal is also one of the countries that, since the beginning of September, can vaccinate all people over 16 with immunosuppression with the third dose. The recommendation was made by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on September 1, after advice from the CTV, and the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) considered that it should be recommended “for people with severely weakened immune systems , as part of their primary vaccination.

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