WHO recommends AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine for the elderly

AstraZeneca vaccinePhoto: Kay Nietfeld / Pool via AP
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World Health Organization (WHO) experts now also recommend AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for people over 65 years of age.

The 15 members of the WHO’s vaccine expert group have had an extraordinary meeting to reconsider the advice previously given about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Several countries, including Norway, do not recommend that the AstraZeneca vaccine be given to anyone over the age of 65 due to a lack of evidence of efficacy.

“When we look at the totality of the evidence, the WHO recommends the use of the vaccine for people aged 65 and older,” the expert group said in a statement.

Another question that has been raised is the vaccine’s effect on new virus mutations. A study suggesting a limited effect on the South African mutation has received much attention.

South Africa decided this weekend to stop using the vaccine completely.

The WHO nevertheless recommends the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, even in countries where mutations of the coronavirus circulate.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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