German vaccine commission: AstraZeneca vaccine should only be used on under 65s

Germany’s vaccine commission STIKO says it is recommending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine only for under-65-year-olds, due to insufficient data on its effectiveness on older people.

The panel of scientific experts says the vaccine, jointly developed with the University of Oxford, should only be used for “persons aged 18 to 65 years old based on available data.”

“There is currently insufficient data to assess the efficacy of the vaccine for persons aged 65 years and older,” it says.

88-year-old Trevor Cowlett receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Sam Foster, at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, England, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, on the first day of rolling out the newly approved jab. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)
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