Yet we are in the EU vaccination strategy plan. The EU certifies vaccines and purchases the vaccines. So in my opinion, they own the mandate.
A thread name in a.net doesn't dictate policy.
The EU only started purchasing vaccines because at some point member states decided it made sense to piggyback on early orders made by a few countries and not have members fight each other for a place in line for certain scarce products (which turned out to be a very real concern).
Yes, the EMA makes vaccine recommendations but the ultimate word relies on member states (like Hungary buying Russian vaccines and Bulgaria dragging their feet on MRNA vaccines on cost grounds).
You'll find vaccination patterns also differ country by country because it's a national (and in some countries even regional) policy.
We're going to have to agree to disagree since the EU purchases and certifies the vaccines. For children's vaccines, the EMA will determine when available and what quantity.
I believe children are a major vector of Delta. We are seeing children bringing it home in the YSA:https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/07/19/h ... ldren/?amp
With tourism restarted, the EU had better have a strategy.
The EMA has authorised Pfizer/BioNTech for 12 to 15 years old on Mai 28th.https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/first ... d-12-15-eu
The EU has only competence on subjects which the member states have given approval. Health strategies are mostly not among them, hence each member states has it's own strategy...
In most EU states vaccines availability is not a problem anymore and the EU states and EU sit on about 100 Mio vaccine doses
(source EU: covid tracker and https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-tra ... ropeans_en
The massive stock is due to big deliveries at the end of Q2 and falling demand in many EU countries. While some parts of the stocks are formed by vaccine in lower demand (AZ and J&J) there are also quite a few Pfizer/BNT among those 100 Mio.
Germany for exemple, has over 6 Mio doses of Pfizer/BNT in stock, or in other words about enough doses to give all kids between 12 and 16 a first dose this week. And since this week they should get 3 Mio doses of Pfizer/BNT delivered again, it wouldn't even slow down their normal vaccination drive.
But it seems Germany has decided (yet?) to only vaccinate those at risk.
This older Reuters link (June 16th) gives some info about strategies chosen by European and other countries:https://www.reuters.com/business/health ... 021-06-01/
The UK just announced that they will follow the German strategy:https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... ister-says
Quoting the headline:
UK children will not be offered Covid jab unless vulnerable
While the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has authorised the us of Pfizer/BNT for 12 to 15 year old, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended only a limited use citing the risk of:
rare but serious adverse events, including myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart)
As already said, EU member states have various approches. Getting an overall picture isn't easy since the EU covid vaccine tracker has no informations for those under 18. But there are a few EU countries that are happy to vaccinate the under 16 for exemple:
France, see https://covidtracker.fr/vaccintracker/
, were the two last graphic show vaccine uptake for 0 to 17 and 12 to 17 (23.1% as of July 15th).
An other country is Belgium, see https://covid-vaccinatie.be/en
(22.9% as of July 18th).
Best regards, and as always, stay safe