COVID-19: New wave of Omicron mutations spreading across Europe, EU Medicines Agency warns

The European Medicines Agency has said a second booster dose is being advised for people over the age of 60.

A new wave of Covid-19 is sweeping across Europe driven by Omicron mutations, an EU Medicines Agency official has warned.

Head of vaccines at the agency, Marco Cavaleri, has said “the increase in transmission among older age groups is starting to translate into severe disease”.

The increase in the number of people testing positive is being driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 mutations of the Omicron variant.

In April, the EMA advised people aged over 80 to get a second vaccine booster. Now, they recommend people aged between 60-79 and medically vulnerable of any age to get the booster.

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