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Covid-19: Booster dose will be needed in autumn to avoid winter surge, says government adviser

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n664 (Published 09 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n664

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
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A covid-19 booster vaccine is likely to be rolled out in the autumn to avoid another winter surge, the deputy chair of the government’s vaccine advisory committee has told The BMJ.

Speaking on The BMJ’s Talk Evidence podcast, Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said he believed that the booster would be needed either to protect against a new variant or as a safety net, as the duration of protection is unknown.

“We certainly don’t want to see a winter like we’ve seen …

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