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EU approves updated COVID-19 vaccine to combat new variants

BioNTech-Pfizer's Comirnaty XBB.1.5 vaccine now authorized for all ages as Europe prepares for fall-winter vaccination campaign

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This vaccine is now authorized not just for adults but also for children and infants over six months old, according to an announcement from the Commission.

The decision follows a thorough evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and was made under a fast-track process to ensure that EU member states are prepared for the upcoming fall and winter vaccination campaigns.

In line with previous advice from the EMA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), people aged five and above who need vaccination should get a single dose, regardless of their previous COVID-19 shots.

Stella Kyriakides, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, welcomed this timely authorization of the updated COVID-19 vaccine. She emphasized that COVID-19 will still be a concern during the upcoming autumn and winter seasons, along with the seasonal flu. This combination poses a risk to vulnerable individuals and healthcare systems, so vaccination remains the most effective way to protect against both viruses. She encouraged everyone eligible, especially those most at risk, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

[Source: CNA]

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