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EU medicines regulator approves AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for anyone over 18

Article source:Station editor Update time:2021-02-02 10:19:27   Browsing times:second

Europe's medicines regulator on Friday recommended approving AstraZeneca and Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine for anyone over the age of 18, the third vaccine to be cleared for use in the European Union.


The AstraZeneca vaccine demonstrated an efficacy of around 60 percent in the trials on which it based its decision, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement.


The EMA said there were not yet enough results for people over the age of 55 to determine how well the vaccine would work for this group, but that protection was expected so the vaccine can be given to older people.


Germany's vaccine commission said Thursday that the vaccine should not be used on over-65s due to insufficient evidence that it works. It maintained its stance even after EMA's announcement.


“With this third positive opinion, we have further expanded the arsenal of vaccines available to EU and EEA member states to combat the pandemic and protect their citizens,” said Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA.


Europe urgently needs more shots to speed up its inoculation programme with suppliers such as AstraZeneca and Pfizer facing difficulties in delivering the quantities promised for the early months of the year.


The AstraZeneca vaccine is administered via two injections into the arm, the second between 4 and 12 weeks after the first.