France is the First Country to Recommend One Dose of the Corona Virus Vaccine Instead of Two

In its recommendation, the French High Authority of Health stated that people who have recovered from Covid-19 “have already developed an immune memory during infection. Thus, a single dose will play a reminder role.” France became the first country in the world to issue such a recommendation.

“Not to give only one dose to those recovering from the epidemic,” this is how the French health authorities recommended Friday regarding doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 for people “who had previously been infected” with the virus, becoming the first country to issue such a recommendation.

The Supreme Health Authority says in its recommendation, which is still supposed to gain approval from the government, that people who have recovered from Covid-19 “have already developed an immune memory during infection. Thus, a single dose will play a reminder role.”

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On the other hand, the authority recommended waiting “a period of more than three months” after infection, “and it is advisable six months” before receiving this single dose.

“So far, no country has decided clearly on vaccination with a single dose of people who contracted Covid-19 before vaccination,” she said.

In recent days, this solution has been addressed in several studies conducted in the United States and Italy that have not yet been evaluated by other scholars.

Besides the health benefits, the researchers who conducted the research indicated that giving a single dose to people who previously had the disease could allow doses to be saved in the context of supply shortages.

The French government generally follows the recommendations of the Supreme Health Authority. But it considered at the end of January that it was not possible to increase the time limit between the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, contrary to the recommendation issued days before that by the High Commission.

Health authorities are very much betting on progress in the vaccination campaign to cope with a fragile epidemic situation on a still long road: As of Thursday, 2,135.33 people had received at least one dose of the vaccine in France, of whom 535,775 had received two doses.

Since the start of the epidemic, 3,4 million cases have been recorded in France. But it is likely that more people were infected with the virus during the first wave when tests were not widely available.

The three vaccines currently licensed in the European Union are Pfizer / Biontec, Moderna and AstraZeneca / Oxford, and require two doses to be fully effective in people who have never had the disease.

The European Medicines Agency is currently studying the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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