In a week at the latest, an EU-wide proposal for the administration of the fourth dose of the anti-Covid vaccine should be available, the Italian newspaper reports Corriere della Sera. Italy’s Minister of Health has that Roberto Speranza after the Council of Ministers told the Health Minister on Tuesday.
“We need joint decisions, uniform both in terms of timing and generation groups,” said Speranza in relation to the fourth stitch. A proposal for clear criteria should be available within a week and, among others, by the EU Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, to be drafted.
So will the fourth stitch come soon for everyone across the EU?
That is not apparent, said Speranza: “The priority is to protect the weakest people.” For guidance, on Tuesday, the FDA decided to allow the fourth dose of Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna for everyone over the age of 50, after the vaccines were previously only intended for use in the immunocompromised. For the rest of the population, the fourth stitch should come in the fall and no earlier than four months after the booster. According to the FDA announcement, there are indications that the fourth stitch improves protection against a severe course.