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EU says interval between Pfizer vaccine doses should be respected

EU flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Medicines Agency said on Monday that the maximum interval of 42 days between the first and the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine should be respected to obtain full protection.

Evidence of the vaccine efficacy is based on a study where administration of doses was done 19 to 42 days apart, the agency said, noting that full protection comes only seven days after the booster.

It added: “Any change to this would require a variation to the marketing authorisation as well as more clinical data to support such a change, otherwise it would be considered as ‘off label use’.”

Off label use entails lower liabilities on vaccine makers.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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