Germany performs U-turn on AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, recommending jab for over-65s as doses go unused and campaign falters
Added 03-04-21 09:37:01am EST - “Germany has recommended the administration of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to people aged over 65, marking a major change in the nation's inoculation campaign which has so far seen a number of the Anglo-Swedish shots go unused.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Germany performs U-turn on AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, recommending jab for over-65s as doses go unused and campaign falters”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“This is good news for older people who are waiting for a vaccine. They can now be vaccinated more quickly,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday, adding “we will shortly issue a regulation implementing both recommendations.”
Germany’s Standing Committee on Vaccination (StiKo) has advised that the two doses should be separated by a 12-week interval, mirroring the administration process in the UK, Spahn said.
The decision comes as new real-world data emerged from the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine across the UK. Research published by Public Health England on Monday reinforced its effectiveness in the elderly, reducing hospitalization risk from Covid-19 by 80 percent among people aged 80 and over.
A similar study in Scotland showed that four weeks after the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered hospitalization risk fell by up to 94 percent. Meanwhile Pfizer’s jab was deemed to be less effective, reducing hospitalization by 85 percent.
The move in Germany also comes after France made a similar decision to allow older people to receive the jab on Tuesday but chose to limit its use to those under the age of 75.
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