Belgium makes a U-turn on AstraZeneca jab in over-55s

By Toni Waterman in Brussels, CGTN, 4 March 2021

Belgium is the latest European country to make a U-turn on the AstraZeneca vaccine, now recommending it for use in people over 55 years of age.

The country’s Superior Health Council said data from new, large-scale studies in the UK, which showed strong efficacy in older age groups “is reassuring at first sight,” and deemed the jab safe and effective.

Belgium was one of a handful of countries – including Germany, France and Italy – that limited the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine last month, despite the European Medicines Agency saying it was safe for anyone over the age of 18.

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