In a document published on Friday 2 September, the European Commission calls on member countries to step up vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 and urges them to be ready to act if new variants appear in the fall.
On Friday, September 2, the European Commission released its recommendations to member states to “prepare for autumn and winter” in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic. The latter invites European countries to be extremely vigilant “to react quickly and sustainably to future epidemics”.
On this occasion, the Commission listed a number of concrete measures. The goal announced by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, “to act now, together, in a coordinated and sustainable way, in order to avoid a new resurgence of serious cases of Covid-19.
The EU is betting more than ever on vaccination
The main axis of the fight against Covid-19 remains, for the European Union, the use of vaccination. In particular, the Commission encourages Member States to:
- Improve the vaccination coverage populations at higher risk of serious disease and for countries with lower vaccination rates.
- Promote the administration of a additional booster dose for persons aged 60 and over and other eligible persons of any age at risk of serious illness.
- Combine the vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 and influenza.
- Pursue the campaigns from communication on the benefits of vaccination.
The return of the mask and the reduced sizes?
In the document published last Friday, the European Commission urges member countries to be “ready to reintroduce public health measures based on clear thresholds”, listing as examples the obligation to wear a mask or the reintroduction of reduced measures during public events. These “non-pharmaceutical interventions (…) remain an essential part of the toolbox”.
The Commission does not hide its concern over the appearance of new variants in autumn or winter, when “all Member States have lifted most of the restrictions and their populations are suffering from pandemic fatigue, which could lead to behavioral changes.