People under 60 should not get 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine: German experts

People under 60 should not get 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine: German experts

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The head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has said that there is "no evidence" to support restricting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in any population. The German government followed the recommendation and said the vaccine would be prioritized for people 60 and older, although exceptions can be made in consultation with doctors.

On Thursday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot to try to boost confidence in the vaccine.

"This is to ensure that the product's effectiveness and safety information remains up-to-date and the risk-to-benefit ratio of this vaccine remains positive".

However, Professor Michael Kidd told media on Saturday there was now no definitive evidence to prove the link.

The fresh reports in the United Kingdom lift the total number of cases to 30 as of March 24, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said in a statement Thursday.

It comes after it emerged Germany was suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 60 due to fears of a link with rare blood clots.

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An AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at the local vaccination centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Hagen, Germany, on March 19, 2021.

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For the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, "based on the same criteria, it was 0.2 cases per million", Cooke added.

"We are taking this very seriously", Professor Kidd said on Friday afternoon.

Asked about Australia's own rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, Professor McLaws said that it has been "very slow". In total, some 400,000 people were given the AstraZeneca vaccine during the period the problems were reported.

The head of the German Teachers' Assn., Heinz-Peter Meidinger, described the decision as a "catastrophic setback" and called for school staff to be offered another type of vaccine instead.

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