The EU dismisses British scientists when it rejects vaccine booster recommendations, saying, “There’s no need!”
THE EU appears to be mocking British experts after stating that persons who have been completely vaccinated do not require a booster shot.
On Wednesday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published a statement. “Based on existing evidence, there is no urgent need for the provision of booster doses of vaccines to fully vaccinated individuals in the general population,” the top European body stated. However, patients with compromised immune systems should get an extra dosage of the vaccination, according to the researchers.
It comes after a senior Government vaccine consultant stated that a booster program in the UK is “very likely.”
Prof Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the scheduling of a third dosage was being carefully considered.
In the next weeks, he said, the independent council would present its recommendations to the government.
“I think it’s highly possible that there will be a booster plan,” Harnden said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“It’s just a matter of framing it the right way. Over the following three weeks, this will be decided.
“I can’t say for sure because we haven’t made that choice yet,” she says, “but it’s highly likely.”
Professor Paul Hunter, a medical expert at the University of East Anglia, had previously called for over-80s and immunocompromised patients to have their injections “quite quickly.”
Prof Hunter said he couldn’t think of any reason why the JCVI took so long to approve doses for those categories, but admitted that a broad booster launch wasn’t necessary.
Over 80s, according to Professor Hunter, “need to be boosted soon.”
“As far as I’m concerned, there is no argument about that group; they should be boosted, and they should be boosted soon,” he continued.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has slammed wealthier countries for planning to deliver booster doses as poorer countries struggle to secure supplies for their first immunization jabs.
Around 500,000 Britons with weaker immune systems will receive a third dosage of the vaccination, according to the government.
These are the first persons in the country who have received confirmation that they will. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”