A reminder that Italy is one in every of a number of nations that has determined, following the brand new recommendation from the EMA, to vary the way it distributes the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. It is going to any longer suggest the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine just for folks over aged 60
It’s a complete change for the nation, which initially restricted AstraZeneca to folks below the age of 65 due to trial information exhibiting it provided much less safety in opposition to Covid-19 than different vaccines. On 8 March the well being ministry mentioned it may be administered to over-65s. Now it’s going to solely be administered to the over-60s.
As my colleague Jon Henley has noted, there was a substantial variation throughout Europe with how folks have dealt with the AstraZeneca shot because it first went available on the market.
Norway and Denmark were the first to briefly halt the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot on 11 March after reporting a number of instances of a uncommon clot within the mind known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis mixed with a low depend of blood platelets.
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Eire, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, together with non EU-members Iceland and Norway, subsequently either paused the vaccine or banned the usage of specific batches.
Most nations had already resumed innoculations with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, though typically with restrictions. However Denmark and Norway have extended their preliminary suspension of the shot till mid-April pending additional investigations.
International locations which have resumed use with out restrictions embody: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Eire, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.
International locations which have imposed restrictions on the shot’s use embody Finland (65 and over); France (55 and over); the Netherlands (60 and over); and Sweden (65 and over).
Germany is providing the shot solely to folks aged 60 and over and in high-priority teams, with under-60s who’ve had a primary shot really useful to get a unique one, and Spain is giving it to solely to these aged 55-65, plus important employees over 65. Belgium is limiting it to over-55s.