The Italian Medicines Agency has recommended the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, but only for people between the ages of 18 and 55.
Even though the available data show a lower efficacy than that of two already approved vaccines, those of Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, the drug could strengthen the vaccination campaign in Italy, estimated the drug agency Aifa. However, the data collected so far has shown a “degree of uncertainty” as to the effectiveness of the Swedish-British solution for people over 55. This part of the population was poorly represented in the studies carried out so far, although a good antibody response was observed. The elderly or people with pre-existing conditions should receive the other vaccines, such as mRNA, according to the agency’s recommendation on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the German vaccine authority had also recommended not to allow the anti-Covid vaccine from the AstraZeneca laboratory for people aged 65 and over. “The vaccine is currently only recommended in view of the available data for people aged 18 to 64”, underlined this authority in a public opinion. “There is not enough data to comment on the effectiveness of the vaccine in people aged 65 and over”, she added.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday approved the use in the European Union of AstraZeneca’s vaccine against Covid-19 for people over 18 years without age limit. The vaccine developed by the British laboratory AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is the third to obtain the green light from the EMA, after those of Pfizer-BioNTech on December 21 and Moderna on January 6. In Belgium, the virologist Steven Van Gucht, interfederal spokesperson for the fight against the coronavirus, said to wait in the coming weeks for data from the United Kingdom, where the AstraZeneca vaccine has already been administered on a large scale to people. elderly. “The UK has a very good registration system and this data will likely be available before we start vaccinating people over 65”, he had noted.
Belgium has ordered 7,740,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the largest order for our country.