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The panel of experts examines the application for approval of the booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine

The panel of experts examines the application for approval of the booster dose

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Panel is meeting Friday to consider Pfizer-BioNTech's request to provide the third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to patients 16 years of age and older.

In an open one-day meeting, the Independent Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Vaccine-Related Biological Products (VRBPAC) will debate whether a booster dose is safe for widespread use and whether it is necessary and effective in improving the level of protection against COVID -19.

Earlier this week, the Pfizer company submitted data to the FDA that say the effectiveness of its vaccine drops by about six percent every two months after the second dose, making a booster dose after six months safe and effective in increase protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

The commission is expected to vote on Friday on whether the boosting dose is safe and even if it is needed. The FDA is not required to follow the panel's recommendations, but it generally does. Next week, the Advisory Panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will analyze in more detail who should take a booster dose and when.

France, meanwhile, has suspended 3,000 healthcare workers who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 by the September 15 deadline set by the government.

Several dozen of the country's 2.7 million health workers, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday, chose to resign instead of getting the coronavirus vaccine.

Tens of thousands of health workers were not vaccinated in July when President Emmanuel Macron announced the Sept. 15 deadline to have at least one dose of the vaccine.

Minister Veran said most of the suspended employees worked in secondary services and very few doctors and nurses were among those suspended.

Sipas të dhënave të fundit nga Universiteti Johns Hopkins, Franca ka regjistruar më shumë se 7 milionë raste infektimesh me Covid dhe më shumë se 116,000 vdekje.

Ndërkohë, në Shtetet e Bashkluara, në shtetin amerikan të Ajdahos, spitalet kanë filluar ta kufiojnë kujdesin shëndetësor "sepse rritja masive e pacientëve me COVID-19, që kanë nevojë të shtrohen në spital në të gjitha zonat e shtetit ka tkurrur burimet ekzistuese," tha Departamenti i Shëndetit dhe Mirëqenies në Ajdaho të enjten.

"Situata është e tmerrshme - nuk kemi burime të mjaftueshme për të trajtuar pacientët në spitalet tona, pavarësisht nëse shtrohesh për COVID-19 ose një goditje në zemër ose për shkak të një aksidenti automobilistik," tha Drejtori i Departamentit, Dave Jeppesen në një deklaratë.

The best way to avoid this situation "is to get more people vaccinated," Mr Jeppesen said. "This dramatically reduces the chances of going to the hospital if you get COVID-19."

The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the World Trade Organization have met with leading COVID vaccine manufacturers to develop strategies to improve access to vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

The coalition aims to vaccinate at least 40% of people in each country by the end of this year and at least 60% by mid-2022.

The WHO said achieving the target was "critical to ending the pandemic and to the global economic recovery." VOA

 

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