Germany and Denmark could follow the UK’s plan to delay giving a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people who have already received a first shot, as frustration over the slow progress of European inoculation programs continues. Increasing.
Britain said last week that it would prioritize a first dose of Oxford / AstraZeneca or ,izer / BioNTech to ensure more people were protected earlier, with a second dose 11 or 12, rather than three, weeks later.
While the United States has said it will not follow in the UK’s footsteps, it emerged on Monday that German Health Minister Jens Spahn had asked the country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, to investigate the disease. Possibility of postponing a second hit.
The move, which follows widespread criticism that Germany has failed to secure sufficient supplies of the vaccine and has not been able to accelerate its vaccination campaign nationwide, was enthusiastically received by doctors.
Leif Erik Sander, head of the vaccine research team at the Charité hospital in Berlin, said: “In view of the current shortage of vaccines and the very high number of infections and hospitalizations in Germany, a strategy in which the as many people as possible as soon as possible is more effective. ”
Denmark is also looking to widen the gap between hits. The country’s infectious diseases institute said on Monday it would closely monitor the situation in Britain, and that the Health Ministry would be consideFrom an interval of 3-6 weeks.
With the short-term efficacy of the first dose of the ,izer-BioNTech vaccine, the only one to have been approved by the European Medicines Agency so far, estimated to be around 90%, scientists have suggested that a longer gap between the doses might be sensible.