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Germany has just undermined the EU’s vaccine argument

Kate Andrews

Germany’s vaccine committee has advised the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine only be given to under-65s. The announcement marks a major twist in a week of muddled vaccine reports. On Tuesday, the German newspaper Handelsblatt suggested that German officials believed the Oxford vaccine was only 8 per cent effective for the over-65 groups (no evidence has been produced to support the 8 per cent claim). It has been heavily and extensively rebuffed by both AstraZeneca and the German government.

Yet the German reporter who broke the story doubled down on the claims, raising the stakes as to whether he was making precarious reporting worse, or whether the European Medicines Agency may indeed conclude that the vaccine’s efficacy is too low.

Details are still emerging about why the German health committee has rejected the use of the vaccine for elderly groups. The standing vaccination committee at the Robert Koch Institute has said: ‘There is insufficient data to judge how effective the vaccination is above 65 years.’ In other words, this is a question about the efficacy of the vaccine, not its safety (the latter is not being questioned). We won’t know until tomorrow what the EMA plans to do. But already the announcement is set to play a big role in the future of the Oxford vaccine’s use in the EU.

 

While Germany is only one member of the EU27, its decision waters down the case the EU has been building this week: that Oxford doses should be diverted away from the UK and shipped to the EU instead. If one of its major players isn’t going to use the vaccine to protect its most vulnerable residents, the moral case it’s been pushing — for the UK to give up some of its doses to protect Europe’s elderly — becomes significantly weaker.

Furthermore, if the EMA were to follow Germany’s vaccine committee’s lead tomorrow and not approve Oxford-AstraZeneca for the elderly, it is bound to slow down their vaccination rollout: not simply by limiting its supply, but by ruling out the vaccine that, so far, is one of the easiest to distribute, only needing to be stored at fridge temperature.

We’ll know soon enough what the EMA decides to do. But it seems AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soirot has been preparing for such a decision, telling Italian newspaper La Repubblica that while the company has ‘strong data showing very strong antibody production against the virus in the elderly, similar to what we see in younger people… it’s possible that some countries, out of caution, will use our vaccine for the younger group.’

A decision like this didn’t seem to worry him then: ‘If they want to use another vaccine for older people and our vaccine for younger people, what’s the problem? It’s not a problem.’ But worldwide debate about the efficacy of the vaccine is no great aid to AstraZeneca, nor is it helpful for encouraging take-up of the vaccine.

Questions around the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s efficacy have been outstanding for some time, ever since it was first announced that the vaccine provided protection from Covid-19. The vaccine was announced with an efficacy rate of 70 per cent, yet it was quickly teased out that this number was a combination of two samples: one large trial that produced 62 per cent efficacy and another, much smaller trial (crucially not tested on the over-55s) that provided 90 per cent.

As Britain uses the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at rapid pace to inoculate its elderly, we’ll start to glean evidence about how effective it really is. Given its impressive rate of vaccination, Britian may be the first country in the world to provide this specific, real-world data — for Europe and the world, that data can’t come soon enough.

Until all this mis-information is sorted out, nobody should be having any vaccine from any company. In the past, any other vaccine has taken up to 10 years to come to market. Only after vigorous testing has it ben approved. Yet we are being told it is ok to have these Chinese virus ones after a few months of trials

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  1. In other words the vaccine does not work –it is the over 65s who need an effective vaccine the most. We all know Covid does not effect the below 65 year olds that much. This is a scam !!
    If it is proved the recent spike in deaths in the elderly population in the UK, soon after having the vaccine, is from the vaccine then what? The manufacturers have immunity, do the politicians and health bureaucrats ??

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  2. The lockdowns WERE political. Rules for thee but not for me. If Newsom is recalled Rubin suggests Rick Grenell, pro-Trump and ambassador to Germany stand for California govern0rship.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=—aESAc3VY
    Dave Rubin is SHOCKED at how fast our world is changing

    BlazeTV’s Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, joined Glenn on radio recently, and he couldn’t help but express his shock at how quickly our world is changing — so fast, he says, that sooner or later even President Trump will make his way into the ‘memory hole.’ Plus, Rubin explains why he believes California Governor Newsom is the worst kind of elitist politician that exists.

    The alcohol bill alone for the meal at the French Laundry for 22 people Newsom attended was $15,000.

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  3. My lefty mate was gunna be first in line for the vaccine a few weeks ago, was rubishing everyone sceptical about it and now hes changed his tune and gone full anti vax!!! Me thinks cindy gunna waste alot of coin on this as i bet theyll struggle to getv25-30% uptake unless they force it upon ppl

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