Must vaccinate those at risk with the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, says Moderna chief:
Vaccinating with a booster among as many people as possible is a good way to protect those most at risk against the ever-emerging new coronavirus variants, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said on Sunday.
“We believe that our vaccine will be effective for a comparable period, except that the arrival of variants increases the level of threat. That is why we must anticipate and vaccinate all those at risk with a third dose by the end of in the summer, in particular, residents of nursing homes who received their first dose at the beginning of the year, ”Bancel told the French newspaper Journal Du Dimanche.
The CEO of the US drug maker further suggested that to protect “fragile unvaccinated people”, all adults and adolescents should also be reminded.
Bancel warned that three or even two months of delay in vaccinations could lead to an increase in the number of hospitalizations and deaths, which could, in turn, lead to a fourth wave of COVID-19 in France.
Moderna is currently testing three different recall strategies, he said. The first is against the original Wuhan strain, the second is against the South African strain and the third is a combination of the two. The effectiveness of these three boosters is then measured on the four variants deemed the most dangerous by the World Health Organization.
The company plans to launch a people study around the beginning of June and aims to get regulatory agency approval by September.
From May 28, the Moderna vaccine will join AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson in French pharmacies and general practitioner offices. About 300,000 doses of the vaccine will be available in pharmacies each week. The arrival of Moderna in French pharmacies is expected to make the vaccine more accessible to isolated elderly people or neglected workers and will help accelerate the progress of vaccination in the country as the vaccine itself can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one hour. month.
So far, around 90 million people have been vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine worldwide. About 14% of the total population of France has been fully vaccinated and 31.5 million people have received at least one dose.
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