US Annual Covid Reminder Campaign

Unless the virus evolves too quickly, US health authorities said last week that they wished to run only one Covid reminder campaign per year in the future, modeled on flu vaccinations. Last week, the United States authorized a new version of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna that targets the Omicron variant, more specifically the BA.4 and BA.5 lines currently in circulation in the country.

Doses have already begun to be distributed to allow for the massive recall campaign planned by the government to contain a possible new wave this winter. Unless a “very different” option suddenly comes up, “we will probably move to the same vaccination frequency as the annual influenza vaccination, with updated Covid booster doses to stick to the latest circulating strain,” Dr. Anthony. Fauci, White House Counsel.

This perspective may help boosters gain wider acceptance when only half of eligible people have taken their first booster dose in the United States. However, weakened populations, such as the elderly or immunocompromised, may need more frequent boosters, Fauci said. Americans are encouraged to get their flu shots at the same time.

Source: AFP.

Source: L Orient Le Jour

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