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The bloc’s regulator may reject giving Britain’s AstraZeneca jab to the Over-65s after two German newspapers reported the vaccine is just eight % efficient in pensioners, citing sources from Berlin.

Well-respected monetary newspaper Handelsblatt and tabloid Bild each mentioned German officers now worry the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s drugs regulator, could not approve giving the Oxford vaccine to such individuals.

Furthermore, EU well being chiefs have claimed the AstraZeneca jab fails to adequately shield pensioners after a discovery was made final evening.

Details of the findings stay unclear, and drug agency AstraZeneca has furiously denied the stories.

AstraZeneca final evening branded the German stories “absolutely incorrect”.

An AstraZeneca spokesperson mentioned: “Reports that the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine efficacy is as low as 8 per cent in adults over 65 are absolutely incorrect.

“In the UK the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) supported use within the inhabitants and the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Agency (MHRA) included this group with out dose adjustment within the authorisation for emergency provide.

“In November we published details in The Lancet demonstrating that older showed immune responses to the vaccine, with 100 per cent of older adults generating spike-specific antibodies after the second dose.”

AstraZeneca lately angered Brussels by warning it might lower the variety of vaccines it is going to ship to Europe by the top of March from 80million to 31million yesterday.

This poses a significant risk to the EU’s vaccine provides in addition to throwing into question the effectiveness of immunisation methods in different international locations together with the UK.

Currently within the UK, getting AstraZeneca’s jabs in as many pensioners as attainable is essential to ending lockdown.

Britain has to date ordered 40million doses of the jab.

The UK is anticipating to obtain almost 3.5million Pfizer doses throughout the subsequent three weeks.

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