Switzerland will have to go to the vaccination center again. Vaccine developer Moderna has announced that people who have already received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will soon need a third – and that’s before winter.
“We believe that an increased risk of infection from the delta variant and withdrawal indoors in winter will lead to an increased spread of infection in vaccinated people,” the company wrote in a presentation on its website.
Is an ‘all-in-one’ vaccine coming?
As Moderna announced Thursday, the company is also working on an “all-in-one” vaccination that will provide an annual refresher for Covid-19 as well as influenza and RSV.
According to Moderna, early-stage tests show that the booster filter is effective against worrisome variants of Covid, including Delta.
Kiss: ‘No booster vaccine planned’
About two out of three vaccinated Swiss have received the vaccine from Moderna. A third of those vaccinated got the cloth from Pfizer/Biontech. It remains unclear whether the Federal Office of Health (BAG) and the vaccination commission will comply with Moderna’s recommendation.
According to BAG, current data show that complete immunization with mRNA vaccines provides good protection against current viral variants. After Moderna announced Thursday that the company would recommend a third dose before winter due to the Delta variant, FOPH wrote at Blick’s request: “We have taken into account the manufacturer’s recommendation for Moderna’s vaccine. At this point in time, no booster vaccines are planned for the general population this year. “.
With Virginie Massiri, head of infection control at FOPH, it sounded a little different in an interview with “20 Minuten”: a booster vaccination in the fall is a scenario also used in Switzerland.
No license application for Swissmedic
The Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, Swissmedic, has not yet received an application for authorization for a third vaccination dose, Blick said upon request. Moderna must provide this if the third dose is to be vaccinated in Switzerland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a temporary moratorium on booster vaccinations against the coronavirus as long as many poor countries wait for their shots.
How’s it going at Pfizer?
Pfizer President Albert Burla told CNBC that a third immunization is expected to be necessary within twelve months. And then there will be a vaccination every year: “The likely scenario is that a third dose will be needed, somewhere between six and twelve months, and then an annual revaccination.” (gif)
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