Germany’s health minister said on Friday that regulatory authorities in the European Union could allow the use of effective vaccines against two different types of coronavirus.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said he expected the European Medicines Agency to meet on September 1 to consider a vaccine that would protect against the original virus and a mutant Omicron known as PA1.
The European Union agency is likely to meet again on Sept. 27 to review a joint vaccine against the original virus and the PA5 mutant responsible for the recent global rise in coronavirus cases, Lauterbach said.
From the vaccination campaign against Corona in Germany
He stressed that Germany had bought sufficient quantities of the two vaccines and could start offering them a day after they were approved.
For its part, the US Food and Drug Administration said the combined vaccines, known as “bivalent” or “multivalent” vaccines, will allow the boosters to maintain the proven benefits of the original anti-coronavirus vaccines while providing additional protection against new ones. mutants .
Such an approach is used with flu vaccines, which are adapted every year to the circulating variants and can provide protection against 4 flu strains.
From the vaccination campaign against Corona in New York