COVID: Poland decides in opposition to giving aged AstraZeneca vaccine


Meanwhile, Sweden’s well being company stated it will not advocate the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals over 65.

Amid mounting questions over the efficacy of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine on individuals over 65, Poland has stated it’ll solely use the shot on individuals aged 18-60, the Polish prime minister’s prime aide stated, following a advice from the nation’s medical council.

“Yesterday evening, the medical council submitted recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, on the basis of which it was decided that it will be used in Poland for people between the ages of 18 and 60,” Michal Dworczyk, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s prime aide who’s answerable for Poland’s vaccination programme, advised a information convention.

Also on Tuesday, Sweden’s well being company stated it will not advocate the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals over 65.

Poland’s determination follows suggestions by medical specialists in Germany and Austria that the vaccine needs to be given solely to individuals aged between 18 and 64.

Spain’s well being ministry, in the meantime, will determine this week whether or not or to not give AstraZeneca’s vaccine to aged individuals.

For its half, AstraZeneca has dismissed issues over efficacy however acknowledges that the corporate has much less knowledge than different drugmakers on the aged as a result of it began vaccinating older individuals later.

“But we have strong data showing very strong antibody production against the virus in the elderly, similar to what we see in younger people,” AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot just lately advised Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, referring to blood evaluation.

Europe’s medicines regulator permitted the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be used on individuals over the age of 18 on Friday, however stated there weren’t but sufficient outcomes for individuals aged over 55 to find out how effectively the vaccine will work.

The United Kingdom turned the primary nation to approve the shot on December 30 final 12 months.

The vaccine is cheaper than the opposite two main pictures produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and in contrast to its important opponents, it may be saved at a daily fridge temperature.