The need for an additional, third dose of Pfizer vaccine, twelve months after the completion of the 2-dose vaccination course, was indicated by Albert Burla, CEO of the pharmaceutical industry.
His estimate fully explains why the EU is already in talks to buy 1.8 billion doses of vaccine from Pfizer over the next two years to keep the drug in stock.
Despite draconian measures and an accelerated vaccination process, more than a million people have died from COVID-19 in Europe, according to the World Health Organization.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. At the same time, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wheeler, called on the Germans to reduce their social contacts as much as possible in order to reduce the third wave of the pandemic that hit the country, describing the situation as “dramatic” and “out of control.”
The capacity of intensive care units is almost exhausted. Lothar Wheeler, like the German Minister of Health Jens Spann, advocated a ban on night movement (imposition of a curfew), as well as a general imposition of severe restrictive measures.
Denmark, which has suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the possibility of thrombosis, is looking for ways to distribute the drug to other, poorer countries that need it.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrita Simonite has already stated that her country will be happy to receive vaccine doses that Denmark does not need, stressing that there are more Lithuanians willing to be vaccinated than there are vaccines available in the country.
An outbreak of the pandemic is being observed in Spain, where a large number of new cases of covid have been reported in the past few days, compared with data for the last month.