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From September, Germany to administer Covid booster shots

Though many experts say focus should be on getting first doses to people around world

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 03, 2021 3:25 pm -- Updated:August 03, 2021 3:33 pm

As concerns grow over the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, Germany on Monday became the biggest western country to announce that it will offer Covid19 booster shots to a wide range of people considered potentially vulnerable.

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The move by Germany came even as a top European Union official criticised the bloc as falling far short of its promises to donate coronavirus vaccine doses to Africa and Latin America. And with a limited global Covid19 vaccine supply, health experts say the top priorities should be distributing doses to poor countries that lag far behind in inoculations, and persuading vaccine-resistant people in wealthy countries to get their first shots.

On the other hand, the Delta variant has become a cause for concern in several countries. It spreads faster and can be fatal.

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There is also still no consensus among scientists on the need for booster shots of coronavirus, but as fears rise of more pandemic waves and more costly lockdowns, a growing number of countries are preparing to give their people booster doses — or have already started.

Starting in September, Germany, Europe’s largest economy, wants to administer a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to older people, residents of care homes, and people with compromised immune systems — and also to anyone who was already fully vaccinated with the two-dose AstraZeneca or single-dose Johnson & Johnson shots, which clinical trials have shown are not as highly protective.

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