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EU Mounts Urgent Call for Covid-19 Boosters as Cases Rise Again

  • EU regulators recommend second booster for people 60 and over
  • Work is underway to approve adapted vaccines in September
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Rome, in 2021.
A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Rome, in 2021.Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

European regulators are urging second booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines for people over 60 years old as cases and hospitalizations are again rising sharply.

Recommendations from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency also include people with medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe disease, both agencies said in a statement on Monday. Weekly case rates among people age 65 and over increased 32% in 22 of the 24 reporting countries in the week ending July 3 compared to the previous week, according to an ECDC statement.