No, the vaccines will not “expire” on October 20 within the European Union

August 6, 2021 by archyde

You are not vaccinated against Covid-19 and you do not intend to be? Wait a little longer, and you will escape the restrictions linked to the health pass: this is, in essence, the message delivered by a viral text that has become on
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“All the vaccines will expire on 10/20/2021. Information verified. The European Union has approved […] 5 therapies that will be available in all hospitals in Member States to treat Covid. These therapies are approved by decree of the European Council (European Parliament) and will be in operation from 1/10. So will be distributed small [à petit] around 10/20, ”says this publication.

Before concluding: “The vaccines have been approved on a provisional experimental basis. However, given the prescription of these 5 new drugs, the use of the vaccine will end. […] You have to have patience. Do not accept any blackmail. “

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The European Commission has well announced, at the end of June, a “first portfolio of five treatments that may soon be available to treat patients across the EU”.

“All five products are at an advanced stage of development and have a good chance of being among the three new treatments against [le] Covid-19 which will be authorized by October 2021 […] as long as the final data demonstrate their safety, quality and efficacy, ”the same press release specified, however.

Since this first announcement, the European institution has signed two contracts in this area, one of which is for Sotrovimab treatment, currently being evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), for use “to treat patients with mild symptoms [du] Covid-19 and not requiring supplemental oxygen, but who are at high risk of developing a severe form of the disease. “

“The two strategies are completely complementary”

However, the arrival of these treatments, whether in October or later, does not mean the end of the vaccination campaign deployed at European level, as confirmed by a European Commission official in 20 Minutes : “These two strategies [de vaccination et de traitement] are completely complementary. Vaccination accelerates across Europe […] but while it makes a difference and is a cause for optimism, it will not stop the pandemic overnight. In addition, treatments play a crucial role in our fight against Covid-19. “

Finally, contrary to what the text shared on social networks affirms, vaccines against Covid-19 are not “in a provisional experimental process” but in phase 3 of testing, a step which consists in measuring their effectiveness and their long-term safety, among the tens of thousands of volunteers who began these clinical trials in July 2020.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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