Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Why Germans don’t like AstraZeneca? :: Investor.bg


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A total of 200 employees at a hospital in the German state of Saarland were registered for vaccination. But more than half never showed up at the appointed time – without warning that they had no intention of coming.

Not only Saarland doctors are boycotting the Oxford vaccine – more and more people in Germany do not want to be vaccinated with the drug AstraZeneca, writes in a review Deutsche Welle.

The FAZ newspaper published official data showing that as of 14 February, 85% of the available doses of BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine, about 63% of the Moderna vaccine doses and only 19% of the AstraZeneca doses received had been used in Germany.

This is how an absurd situation arises. Mass vaccination in the country is stalling due to a shortage of vaccines, as a result of which many Germans will have to wait months for their turn, and at the same time some of the medical staff who have the opportunity to be vaccinated now, in fact, refuse of this privilege.

Maybe that’s why the authoritative weekly Die Zeit published an article this week with the eloquent title “AstraZeneca is not a second quality vaccine.” The qualities of the British vaccine were also defended by the famous German virologist Christian Drosten. The title of his podcast on the subject is “The Astra vaccine is much better than its image.” In fact, it was officially recognized that a not very positive attitude towards the British preparation had developed in Germany.

This is evidenced by two opinion polls published in early February. In a study by the University of Hamburg, which included the responses of people who were determined to get vaccinated or still hesitated, 48.2% said they did not prefer a particular drug, 33.3% called the vaccine BioNTech / Pfizer. , 5.8% prefer Moderna and only 2% prefer the Oxford University vector vaccine. The results of the research of the Force Institute are similar. When asked by sociologists “How would you react if you were not offered the vaccine you prefer?”, 64% said they would still agree, while 24% of respondents – that is, one in four – said they would probably give up. from vaccination. Both surveys unequivocally showed that the Germans favored the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine.

There are a number of reasons for the clear preference for the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine. First, it was created in Germany, and the Germans have confidence in the quality of local production. Second, the partner of the German company BioNTech – the famous American company Pfizer – is one of the leaders in the global pharmaceutical industry. And third, their vaccine was developed on the basis of innovative mRNA technology, which is considered a real achievement in medicine. There have been countless publications about the German vaccine, and the media have raced to interview its creators, Mainz professor Ugur Shahin and his wife, Ozlem Turedji, so there are very specific people behind the drug. Another important factor for trust, of course, is the high efficiency of this vaccine – as much as 95%.





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