European Commission staff gets third dose next week

Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechia, and Greece have already started offering citizens of all ages the third dose. [Shutterstock / angellodeco]

The European Commission will start administering the third dose for its staff next week, EURACTIV has learnt.

An EU source said the executive expects to finalise the process at the end of January early February 2022.

The certificates of commission employees will be updated accordingly, the source added.

Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechia, and Greece have already started offering citizens of all ages the third dose.

Other countries have recommended it for the elderly and those with underlying health issues.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to authorise booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for all adults as early as Thursday.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has strongly criticised Western countries’ intention to move on with the third shot as other parts of the planet have not received even the first two doses.

Particularly, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that every day, “there are six times more boosters administered globally than primary doses in low-income countries”.

“This is a scandal that must stop now,” he noted.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos, EURACTIV.com)

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