American federal health authorities are planning to administer an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people. The Washington Post reports it.
"The extra shots are expected to be authorized within days or weeks, according to federal officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been announced. The stepped-up activity reflects increased urgency by the Biden administration to shield some of the nation’s most vulnerable adults as coronavirus cases rise sharply. The pressure has also grown as other countries have taken steps to get additional shots to people who are immunocompromised or older — and as some Americans pursue such shots on their own," reads the statement.
Immunocompromised patients represent about 7 million adults in the US, including those who have received organ transplants, patients on cancer treatments, and those with rheumatologic conditions and HIV, according to the CDC. They are more likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19.
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are authorized for a two-dose regimen and Johnson & Johnson for one shot.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Ministry of Health plans to speed up the vaccination of the population by increasing the rate to 1 million vaccinations per week. Over the past 24hrs, 1,081 new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Ukraine. There is a noticeable gradual increase in the number of hospitalizations. Kyiv School of Economics predicts a new outbreak of coronavirus in Ukraine within two weeks. Six regions are at risk, which account for half of all hospitalizations in the country.