Wiedermann-Schmidt: AstraZeneca also for people over 65

Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt, scientific head of the national vaccination committee, wants to approve the AstraZeneca corona vaccine for people over 65 years of age. There is now enough data, said the vaccinologist in the ORF news program “ZiB”. They want to adapt the recommendation to the effect that “there is no reason to make an age difference here when using the vaccines”.

It is easier for the logistics and the application of the vaccines, “if you say that all vaccines that are available can be used in the same way for all age groups,” emphasized Wiedermann-Schmidt. The recommendation to the health minister could be made this week and thus speed up the vaccination strategy, the report said.

According to ORF, Wiedermann-Schmidt estimates that vaccines should be available in the summer for everyone in Austria who want to be vaccinated – provided the manufacturers meet the delivery dates. According to a report by the Reuters news agency, the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half of the contractually agreed doses to the European Union in the second quarter of the year.

The home vaccination plan was updated and adjusted at the beginning of February: According to this, the AstraZeneca vaccine should be given primarily to 18 to 64 year olds. However, more data is now available, for example from British health authorities, according to which the corona vaccine developed by AstraZeneca is also effective in older people.

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