Astrazeneca also recommended for older people in Germany

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Astrazeneca also recommended for older people in Germany







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The corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astrazeneca could soon also be vaccinated in Germany on people aged 65 and over. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommends the vaccine for this age group.

“This is good news for all older people who are waiting for a vaccination. They can be vaccinated faster,” said Minister Jens Spahn on Thursday. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reported that a corresponding statement was ready since Wednesday, and votes were still in progress. There was initially no publication of the commission on Thursday.

So far, the committee has only recommended the drug in Germany for 18 to 64 year-olds, as initially insufficient study data were available for older people. In their decision on the further corona procedure on Wednesday, the federal and state governments determined that the vaccine was generally highly effective, as evidenced by study results from Great Britain.

This is also the case in the elderly population. “In addition, the federal and state governments expect a short-term decision by the Stiko on the recommendation of the vaccine for the population group over 65 years of age, in order to be able to adjust the vaccination appointment accordingly quickly so that the vaccine can be vaccinated quickly and according to priority.”

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