UK Gives One Dose of the Corona Vaccine to As Many People As Possible
We are still examining whether it is possible medically and legally, but the decision was made in the United Kingdom. The British will receive one dose of the corona vaccine and delay the prescribed second dose.
The health authorities in the United Kingdom have updated their vaccination strategy. The second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which initially prescribes two vaccinations, will be given later than initially planned. With this, the health authorities want to provide more people with the first dose more quickly to achieve group immunity.
The second dose would now be given about three months later, not after the 21 days as usual with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine or after one month with the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.
Experts have already suggested this in our country, such as vaccinologist Pierre Van Damme. Belgium wants the choice of one vaccination to be made by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). They are currently investigating whether this is legally and scientifically possible.
Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) has also asked the vaccine task force to investigate whether a postponement of the administration of a second vaccine dose is possible.
The decision in the United Kingdom must ensure that the rising number of infections remains under control. The British would have to vaccinate two million people a week to prevent a third wave, it says after a study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).