Germany recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for under-65s only

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should only be given to people aged 18 to 64, Germany’s vaccine advisory committee has recommended, claiming there is insufficient data to judge its effectiveness for older people.

It came a day before the European Medicines Agency was expected to approve AstraZeneca’s vaccine for use in the 27-nation European Union on Friday. It would be the third cleared for use in the EU after the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In a draft resolution from the German health ministry, the committee said, “There are currently insufficient data available to assess the vaccine efficacy from 65 years of age. The AstraZeneca vaccine, unlike the mRNA vaccines, should only be offered to people aged 18-64 years at each stage.”

The assessment was based on the same trial data published by medical journal The Lancet on December 8.

The EU approved the Pfizer vaccine in late December and Moderna’s in early January.

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