Brussels warns of Covid vaccination “fatigue”.

Brussels warns of Covid vaccination “fatigue”.

There was a risk that people would let their guard down during the summer months

Brussels warns of a “plateau” in the EU vaccination process despite rising Covid-19 cases and calls on member states to step up immunization campaigns ahead of autumn and winter.

EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakidou said there was a risk that people would let their guard down during the summer months and that health ministries should do more to prepare for wider outbreaks despite the population’s understandable “fatigue” from the pandemic, BNR reported. .

“We need to increase vaccinations, we need to expand the reach of boosters and we need to make sure that health systems are ready to deal with future waves,” she said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“I’m concerned that vaccinations have plateaued in the last few months and we’ve seen that contact tracing and testing is probably not as intense,” she added.

Kyriakidou’s remarks came after the Financial Times reported that the EU, member states and BioNTech/Pfizer held talks to delay some supplies of Covid vaccines until 2024 amid a glut of vaccination doses, as the plan has received temporary support from the companies and Brussels.

The current contract only extends to 2023. Some Moderna deliveries are potentially delayed until the first few months of next year, although the EU’s contract with the company only covers 2022.

Kyriakidou’s remarks come after she wrote to EU health ministers warning of a “worrying spike” in ongoing Covid cases in the EU, including increasing rates of severe illness and hospital and intensive care admissions, urging them to do more. to prepare for what could prove to be a “tough fall and winter” on the block.