Germany will vaccinate with AstraZeneca only citizens over 60

The German regulator has recommended the government to allow AstraZeneca vaccines only for citizens over the age of 60. This was reported by ZDF TV channel on March 30.

The reason was fears of cerebral vein thrombosis in people under 60 years old. The TV channel broadcasted live a press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Health Minister Jens Spahn and two invited experts.

Earlier Tuesday, Berlin restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Although no severe complications have been detected after vaccination, the measures were taken for precautionary reasons.

On Monday, the county of Oiskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia said the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccination will be discontinued for women under 55 years of age. Two cases of thrombosis are being investigated in the region, with one of those vaccinated, a 47-year-old woman, dying after vaccination due to a cerebral venous thrombus.

On March 15, Germany suspended use of AstraZeneca, then the country’s health ministry resumed use of the drug following a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which said March 18 that AstraZeneca is safe and effective against COVID-19. However, the risk of blood clots will be warned about in the drug’s description.

On March 25, AstraZeneca downgraded the vaccine’s efficacy rate against COVID-19 to 76%. The drug was originally reported to be 100% effective against severe COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

On March 30 the German edition of Der Spiegel with reference to the German Paul Ehrlich Institute reported that 31 people after vaccination against coronavirus with AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria were found to have cerebrospinal sinus thrombosis, nine of whom died.

In 19 additional cases, thrombocytopenia (lowered platelet count) was recorded.

The publication specifies that 2.7 million people in Germany have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. 800 people have already received a second dose of the drug.

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