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Germany: EU may approve mixed COVID vaccine next month

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said on Friday that the European Union's drug regulators may approve the use of vaccines, each effective against two variants of the coronavirus. rice field.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the European Medicines Agency will meet on September 1 to provide protection against the original virus and the so-called Omicron variant, also known as BA.1. He said he plans to consider a vaccine to

The EU agency met again on September 27 to discuss the original virus and the BA.5 variant he is responsible for the recent global surge in COVID-19 cases. Lauterbach said he would likely consider a combination vaccine against

Germany has procured sufficient quantities of both vaccines to begin deployment the day after they are licensed, he said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that a combination vaccine, known as a "bivalent" or "multivalent" shot, would allow boosters to retain the proven benefits of the original coronavirus vaccine but against new variants. It states that it can provide additional protection.

Such an approach can be used in influenza vaccination, adjusted annually according to prevalent variants, to protect against four influenza strains.

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