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European Medicines Agency approves Omicron booster vaccines

The European Medicines Agency has approved two booster vaccines against the Omicron variant of COVID-19 manufactured by drugmakers Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

Following an extraordinary meeting at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the EMA explained that the adapted vaccines “can extend protection against different variants and are therefore expected to help maintain optimal protection” against COVID-19 as the virus evolves.

The vaccines “target the Omicron BA.1 sub-variant in addition to the original strain” of the coronavirus, the Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement.

It’s now up to the European Commission to approve the vaccines for the European market.

Globally, coronavirus cases and deaths have been dropping for weeks, but scientists expect a surge of hospitalisations and deaths with the coming onset of winter in the northern hemisphere. [euronews]

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3 comments

  1. You can bet your life the deaths during the winter will be from FLU – not Omicron. We all need to realise that covid is with us for ever now and we have to live with it — much the same as flu has been with us since th 1918 flu pandemic, Wake up people

  2. The European Commission which is presiding over the horrendous rise in fuel prices and inflation, together with a plethora of failed policies which is casing poverty, family breakups, businesses closing, food banks…..etc will i guess shortly approve these mRNA vaccines…yeah, ok.