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by Francesco Guarascio

Brussels, January 21 (Reuters) - The European Commissioner for Health has asked Friday to the Ministers of Health of the European Union to prepare for a new vaccination campaign for a fourth dose against CVIV-19 , as soon as medical data will show it.

The European Medicines Agency found this week that it would be reasonable to administer a fourth dose to those whose immune system is seriously weakened, but that additional data were needed.

"If we obtain conclusive data on the need to administer a fourth dose, we must be ready to act," said Stella Kyriakides to health ministers in a videoconference, according to the text of its intervention obtained by Reuters.

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The meeting, organized shortly by the French Government, which ensures the Presidency of the EU, focused on the need for a fourth dose of vaccine and the adaptation of vaccines against variants.

In a tweet published after the meeting, Stella Kyriakides emphasized that the priority was to be the vaccination of people who are still not vaccinated, about a quarter of the EU population.

Hungary has already decided to administer a fourth dose of vaccine for all of its population after medical advice, while Denmark has proposed it to the most vulnerable people.

The Swedish Public Health Agency said on Friday that people whose immune system is weakened should receive a fourth injection three to four months after the first reminder.

Israel was the first country to administer the fourth dose of vaccine last December, although the preliminary results indicate that the injection was not enough to prevent OMICRON variant infections.

Ministers also discussed the coordination of other policies, including potential new joint purchases, because, according to the French Presidency, "Vaccines adapted to the variants will soon arrive."

"It is clear that priority should be given to a new generation of effective vaccines against several variants and, ideally, protecting against infection," said the Commissioner of Ministers. (Francesco Guarascio report, French version Diana Mandiá, edited by Sophie Louet)

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