Health authorities in the U.S. would apparently have us believe that we're gonna need to get COVID-19 boosters every few months for the rest of our lives.
In Europe, meanwhile, they're not so sure:
European Union regulators warned that frequent Covid-19 booster shots could adversely affect the immune system and may not be feasible.
Repeat booster doses every four months could eventually weaken the immune system and tire out people, according to the European Medicines Agency. Instead, countries should leave more time between booster programs and tie them to the onset of the cold season in each hemisphere, following the blueprint set out by influenza vaccination strategies, the agency said.
Specifically, according to EMA Head of Biological Health Threats and Vaccine Stretegy Marco Cavaleri:
Boosters "can be done once, or maybe twice, but it's not something that we can think should be repeated constantly...We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting."
Thus continues the recent trend of health authorities suddenly discovering the completely sensible principles that a small minority of us have been advocating since March of 2020.
Meanwhile though, in Germany...
I mean, I guess we could ignore the EU's advice. Goodness knows we do that often enough in the U.S.
I mean, for my money, I think I'll pass on the lifetime-customer-of-a-major-drug-corporation thing and take a "more endemic setting" with a virus with a near-survival rate for healthy individuals.
But that's just me!
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