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News article15 September 2023Representation in Cyprus1 min read

COVID-19: Commission authorises second adapted vaccine for Member States' autumn vaccination campaigns

The Commission has authorised the Spikevax XBB.1.5-adapted COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moderna.

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The Commission has authorised the Spikevax XBB.1.5-adapted COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moderna. This is another important step in the fight against the disease. It is the third adaptation of this vaccine to respond to new COVID-19 variants.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) carried out a stringent evaluation of the vaccine under the accelerated assessment mechanism. Following this evaluation, the Commission authorised the adapted vaccine under an expedited procedure so that Member States can prepare in time for their autumn-winter vaccination campaigns.

In line with previous recommendations by the EMA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), adults and children from 5 years of age who require vaccination are invited to take a single dose, irrespective of their COVID-19 vaccination history.


With the EU Vaccines Strategy, the Commission continues to ensure that Member States have access to the latest authorised COVID-19 vaccines to protect the vulnerable members of their population and deal with the epidemiological evolution of the virus.

Moderna has adapted its COVID-19 vaccine to target the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron strain XBB.1.5. This is in line with ECDC-EMA statement on updating COVID-19 vaccines composition for new SARS-CoV-2 variants. The adapted vaccine is also expected to increase the breadth of immunity against current dominant and emerging variants.

For More Information

Commission authorisation

EMA recommendation

EU Vaccines Strategy

Safe COVID-19 vaccines for Europeans

EU Coronavirus Response

Overview of the Commission's Response


With COVID-19 and seasonal influenza co-circulating this autumn and winter, vaccination remains our most effective tool against both viruses. I encourage those concerned, especially those aged 60 years and above, persons with weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions, to get their booster dose with the latest updated vaccines targeting the variants that are currently spreading as soon as possible. We all need to continue being vigilant and help protect each other.

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety - 15/09/2023


Publication date
15 September 2023 (Last updated on: 15 September 2023)
Representation in Cyprus