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Germany says AstraZeneca not for ‘seniors’

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Germany’s Vaccine committee has ruled that the AstraZeneca Covid19 vaccine is “not good” for elderly or senior citizens, and is limiting inoculations to people under 65.


The German committee said it cannot recommend, at this critical juncture, that it be administered to the elderly since the manufacturer hasn’t furnished sufficient evidence of its efficacy to such group.


Wire reports said the independent vaccine commission advising the German government is withholding its go-signal to AstraZeneca since there were “currently insufficient data available to assess the vaccine efficacy” from ages 65 and above.


But U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson shrugged off Germany’s recommendation because his nation’s health authorities felt AstraZeneca is effective “across all ages.”


The U.K. has been using the AstraZeneca vaccine in its mass immunization drive for the past several weeks.


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