Covid, vaccines against the Omicron variant arriving by the end of September: here is who can benefit from them

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From Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna two new vaccines against the Omicron variant of Covid-19. They will be given as a booster from mid-September

By: VirgilioNotizie | Posted on: 02-09-2022 11:51

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All ready for the new vaccines against the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The European Medicines Agency has authorized its production and now we await the approval of the Italian Medicines Agency to start the administration in Italy.

The technical committee of Aifa will meet next September 5th. It is mostly a formal act, as much as it is due, since the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza has already declared that the approval of the new vaccines will arrive on Monday 5 September.

This is what Speranza announced during an interview with ’30 minutes al Massimo ‘, the format of the online newspaper’ La Stampa ‘. The hope is to “have them available as early as mid-September”.

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Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

It is about Comirnaty and Spikevaxthe two new bivalent vaccines produced by pharmaceutical companies respectively Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna.

Who can make the new vaccines

As announced by the EMA, the new vaccine Pfizer-Biontech it can be administered as a booster (i.e. as a third or fourth dose) to over 12 years oldwhile the new vaccine Modern is reserved for over 18.

A further condition is that the last administration dates back to at least two months ago, it does not matter whether it is the second or the third. As for the vaccines currently in use, the EMA announces that they can continue to be inoculated, but only as a first and second dose.

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Why are new vaccines needed?

Previous vaccines have helped contain the effects of the pandemic and have been shown to help the body’s immune response. However, the Omicron variant is able to circumvent the immune response even in subjects who have already completed the vaccination cycle or who have already had Covid. For this reason he made it it is necessary to study new vaccines specific for the Omicron variant.

The latest data on the trend of Covid-19

The latest Covid bulletin updated on September 1 speaks of 20,503 new infections from Covid-19 and 68 deaths, with a positivity rate of 13.2% for 155,751 swabs carried out.

Will the new vaccines require further boosters?

As has already been announced by the health authorities for the previous Covid-9 variants, even in this case, at the current state of affairs, it is not possible to answer this question since vaccination boosters are authorized based on the spread of the pandemic and the appearance of new variants.




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The article is in Italian

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