Germany Restricts Use Of AstraZeneca Vaccine In People Under 60
On Tuesday, German health officials announced that they will restrict the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in people under 60, citing concerns over unusual blood clot formations in a small number of cases.
State officials agreed unanimously to only give the vaccine to people 60 years or older, with exceptions being made for younger people considered to be at high risk and willing to take the vaccine despite the small risk of a side effect.
The move comes less than two weeks after the European Medicines Agency concluded their investigation and determined that the vaccine is safe and effective and does not raise the likelihood of blood clots. That said, they were unable to rule out a potential connection to two very rare forms of blood clots and recommended that the pharmaceutical giant include a warning about these cases in its leaflets.
AstraZeneca has denied the claims saying there is no data that indicates any safety concerns with its vaccine.
The European Union and World Health Organization have also said that the vaccine is safe for public use.
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