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28 Jan 2021 | 15:41

German health committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine only be used in people under 65 years

(Sharecast News) - German health officials recommended only administering the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University to people under the age of 65, citing "insufficient data". "There are currently insufficient data available to assess the vaccine efficacy from 65 years of age," the country's independent vaccine committee said.

"The AstraZeneca vaccine [...] should only be offered to people aged 18-64 years at each stage."

The recommendation came ahead of the European Union's health watchdog's own announcement, which was expected the next day.

Earlier, Germany's health minister, Jens Spahn, had called for a summit between drug companies, manufacturers and politicians to analyse how the rollout of vaccines could be sped up.

Crisis talks are under way between Brussels and London, not least in order to try and forestall the potential strains on health systems and populations from the third wave of the pandemic.
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