Between 3rd dose and “relaxation” of the rules, update on the pandemic in Europe

Third dose in Italy and UK

The UK has launched its campaign for the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. People in nursing homes, or aged over 50, people with co-morbidities and caregivers are among the priority groups.

Also in Italy, a third injection for the most fragile is now recommended. With the expansion of the health pass to all employees, demand for vaccine has jumped in the country, between 20 and 40% more than the previous week.

France: towards an extension of the health pass

A bill to extend the health pass beyond November 15 “is being prepared and will be presented on October 13 in the Council of Ministers,” Prime Minister Jean Castex’s entourage told AFP on Monday.

Faced with an improvement in the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to “remove certain constraints” in “territories where the virus circulates less quickly”, without giving a deadline.

Since the introduction of the health pass, the government has claimed good figures in terms of vaccination, with the crossing of the threshold of 50 million first-time vaccinated on Friday.

Pfizer vaccine “safe” for 5-11 year olds

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 is “safe” and “well tolerated” by children aged 5 to 11 and the right dosage triggers a “robust” immune response, according to the results of a study announced Monday by the laboratories.

The two companies plan to submit the data to authorities “as soon as possible,” according to a statement, which said the immune response was “comparable” to that seen in 16 to 25 year olds who received a higher dose vaccine.

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