Federal Health Minister Jens Spann estimates that the Astrazeneca vaccine could also be given to the elderly over the age of 64 in Germany in the near future following the issuance of the relevant recommendation by the German Standing Vaccination Committee (Stiko), according to APE.
“There is a high probability that the vaccine of this company will be approved so that it can be given to people over the age of 65. “This is due to the scientific data we have from Scotland and England,” said the Christian Democrat (CDU) politician, according to participants in today’s debate on coronavirus between the prime ministers of the federal states and the federal government.
The Standing Vaccination Committee (Stiko) is in the final decision-making process. So far, Stiko has recommended that the Astrazeneca vaccine be given only to people aged 18 to 64, as there were initially insufficient scientific data from studies in people over the age of 64.
This morning, the Christian Democrat health minister also said in an interview with Germany’s first public broadcaster, ARD, that he had advised Stiko to adjust its decision to grant the vaccine, taking into account the latest scientific studies.