oris Johnson and Public Health England have defended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after German experts recommended it should only be offered to under 65s.
The Prime Minister and health experts spoke in support of the jab following the draft recommendation from Germany’s vaccination advisory committee, which argued there was insufficient data to recommend it for those aged 65 and over.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisations at PHE, acknowledged there had been “too few cases” of coronavirus in older people in Phase 3 clinical trials to determine the level of efficacy in this age group, but said other data on immune response had been “reassuring”.
Mr Johnson, during a visit to Scotland, said he does not agree with the German recommendation, as he backed the advice from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Asked if he is concerned about the verdict in Germany, he told reporters: “No, because I think the MHRA, our own authorities have made it very…
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