Italy halts COVID-19 vaccine service of AstraZeneca for people under 60, the Italian government announced on Friday. amid declining levels of infection in the country This means that the risks of distributing the vaccine to younger people are judged to outweigh the benefits.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is under investigation following reports of rare and severe blood clots in European vaccinated subjects.
Francesco Paolo Figliulo, commander of the Italian Army in charge of vaccination. said during the press conference that Younger Italians who have already received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. will be vaccinated with another injection He added that the change would have the least impact on the country̵7;s vaccine rollout.
The announcement is the latest in a series of decisions regarding the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. which was developed in conjunction with the University of Oxford. Some doctors worry that going back and forth could undermine trust in vaccines. and thwarted Italy’s vaccine campaign.
Government regulators and AstraZeneca “are communicating very badly,” Roberto Burioni, one of Italy’s leading virologists, said in an interview. “We are losing the trust of the most active people.”
In Italy, as in the rest of Europe, AstraZeneca’s vaccine rollout has been smooth. After the EU approved it in January. Italy recommends it only for people under the age of 55.
The country then raised the threshold to 65 on Feb. 22, and then lowered the age limit on Mar. 8 a week later. Italy has become one of several European countries that have completely halted the use of vaccines. Due to concerns about rare and severe disease reports A blood clot that affects a small number of recipients,.
Italy resumed the vaccine on March 19, but about two weeks later, after the European drug regulator reported a possible link to a rare blood clot. The government recommends booking the vaccine for people over 60.
However, some regions of Italy Start vaccinating as many people as possible. has begun offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to young people during “Open day” and “Open night” which skips important government schedules. Tens of thousands of Italian youth are registered. in May The government’s scientific advisory committee has shed some light on the “open” initiative.
But some doctors objected. And news spread of an 18-year-old girl receiving the drug in northern Liguria. was hospitalized with thromboembolism and died. last friday The government said the recommendation to give the AstraZeneca vaccine only to people over 60 had become “compulsory”.
Franco Locatelli, president of the Italian Council for Advanced Health, said the change in practice was based on the evolution of existing scientific evidence. But it also depends on the level of spread of the virus.
Dr Locatelli insisted the “vaccination saved many lives” and the AstraZeneca shooting, which is largely used in the UK, yielded results “which we envy”.
Virologist Burioni said he was impressed with the enthusiasm of young people rushing to get the vaccine on opening day to protect the elderly in Italy. “But right now these young people and many of their parents are very worried,” he said.