German health minister wants EU to recommend fourth COVID shot for those aged over 60

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German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said he will propose that the European Union recommend a fourth COVID-19 shot for people over the age of 60 years at a meeting of health ministers in Brussels.

Pointing to data from Israel, he said a recommendation was “urgently necessary” to reduce risk of death from an infection.

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Lauterbach added on Tuesday that he expects a vaccine adapted to new variants to become available only in autumn.

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September is the target month, he said on Tuesday, but development has been delayed and he warned that is too late.

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