The virologist Hendrik Streeck was surprised at the recommendation to offer people a second vaccination with Biontech or Moderna active ingredients after a corona vaccination with the preparation from AstraZeneca.
“The clinical studies have not yet run.
I think it is necessary to stick to the rules and wait to see whether the studies are successful, ”said Streeck of the“ Fuldaer Zeitung ”(Thursday).
But he thinks it is a "understandable" decision not to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 60 - even if the vaccine itself is good and safe.
The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) had recommended that people under the age of 60 who have already received a first corona vaccination with the AstraZeneca preparation should switch to another agent when they have the second vaccination.
The reason for this are several suspected cases of cerebral vein thrombosis.
Experts suggest that the very low risk affects younger people.
The Stiko recommended that an mRNA vaccine be given as a second dose.
The mRNA vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna are approved in Germany.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wanted to advise his country colleagues about the second vaccinations for young people who were vaccinated with the active ingredient from AstraZeneca.
However, initially nothing was known about a result.
The chairman of the Stiko, Thomas Mertens, told the "Rheinische Post" (Thursday) about the recommendation for a second vaccination: "The protection against Covid-19 decreases after a certain time with a single AstraZeneca vaccination." Mertens said that it was with a second vaccination a different vaccine could even have a better protective effect.
The EU Medicines Agency EMA unreservedly recommended the use of AstraZeneca on Wednesday.
The Amsterdam-based authority explained that the benefits should be rated higher than the risks.
The British Vaccination Commission, however, changed its recommendation: The AstraZeneca preparation should only be administered to people over 30 if possible. Bach at the time.
At this point in time, the SPD politician had announced that he wanted to have the AstraZeneca drug injected.
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