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German panel keeps advice against AstraZeneca jabs for over-65s

German panel keeps advice against AstraZeneca jabs for over-65s”

Both were authorized for all adults.

A day earlier, Germany's vaccine commission said it could not recommend the use of the jabs on people aged 65 years and older because efficacy data for the group were lacking. The proposal, originally put forward by the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), said a new semiconductor standardisation committee would "support and guarantee the healthy development of the integrated circuit (IC) industry", according to a statement published by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Friday. He acknowledged that "the exact level of protection can not be estimated for the time being".

The country is now prioritising older age groups, but questions have been raised about whether AstraZeneca's jabs should immediately be offered to workers in essential jobs, such as teachers and police officers.

AstraZeneca and the European Union had signed a deal for up to 400 million doses of the vaccine.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been receiving a lot of attention recently.

Acting on the EMA's recommendation, the European Commission then gave the vaccine its final approval for use in the 27-member bloc.

"However, protection is expected, given that an immune response is seen in this age group and based on experience with other vaccines".

But it said the vaccine could still be given to older people.

The final decision rests with the government, but they are likely to follow this advice.

"What irritated us was that, unlike the other companies, AstraZeneca very suddenly announced that it was drastically reducing its agreed deliveries for the first quarter and did not provide understandable reasons why", she told Germany's DLF radio.

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The trials have not yet shown whether the vaccine can stop disease transmission.

As we grow older, we tend to respond less well to vaccines and natural infections, in a process known as immunosenescence.

The EU-Britain tussle has highlighted the impact of shortages on ambitious mass vaccination programmes, even on wealthy nations, and fears are growing that the developed world is hogging doses, leaving poorer nations behind.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern during a conversation with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen over the bloc's intentions to control exports of coronavirus vaccines, including to Northern Ireland, which is subject to the regulation of the European Single Market, office said.

On Friday evening, the Swiss authorities said around 500,000 vaccine doses had been delivered to Switzerland so far.

The bloc could block the export of a vaccine if it determined that this could undermine the EU's own supplies. It's one of several contracts the EU's executive branch has with vaccine makers to secure a total of more than 2 billion shots.

The European Commission has slapped an immediate export ban on coronavirus vaccines to ensure European citizens can be vaccinated first.

That means the European Union would have the power to ban exports to Australia, but officials here believe it does not represent any plan to immediately do so.

Officials said the mechanism would not affect humanitarian deliveries and shipments to countries covered by the COVAX initiative co-led by the World Health Organisation.



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