After questioning its effectiveness vaccine from the University of Oxford and her AstraΖeneca, Germany and France pay the price as many citizens are reluctant to do so by slowing down the vaccination program of the two countries.
Germany and France have so far only vaccinated 6% of their population, as reported by the British newspaper “Daily Mail.”
In Germany, for example, only 150,000 doses of the vaccine were given on Friday and were scheduled to be given 1.5 million doses with many deliberately skipping the appointment after being informed that they would be vaccinated by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca.
Politicians across Europe, including the French president, Emanuel Macron, have expressed fears that the vaccine is “almost ineffective” in individuals over 65 years of age, despite the minimal data that supported this version and while many health authorities have approved its use for this age group.
But now European leaders are urging people to get the Oxford vaccine for fear of further derailment of the vaccine on the old continent, which is still lagging behind United Kingdom.
“Germany and France have vaccinated only 6% of their population, while the United Kingdom has already given the first dose to at least 26% of its population”, reports the British publication.
In the Berlin, the Tegel vaccination center, which provides only the AstraZeneca vaccine, states that only 200 citizens come every day at their appointment.
On a daily basis the scheduled appointments are 3.800, as reported by “The Times”.
In France, healthcare workers also refuse to get the AstraZeneca vaccine following Emanuel Macron’s comments about its effectiveness in people over 65 years of age.
While the European Medicines Agency (Coreper)approved the vaccine for all adults, the German government has decided that it should not be given to people over 65 years of age.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently only given to healthcare professionals and people under 65 with an underlying disease.
Karl Lauterbach, an epidemiologist and member of the Social Democrats in Germany, said:
“Vaccination centers are ready, the vaccine is there as well as the vaccination teams … But the vaccine remains unused because not enough people show up at the scheduled appointments. “This is an absurd and intolerable situation.”
For his part, the mayor of Berlin, Michael Mueller, threatened citizens that he would send them back to the … queue if they do not get the Oxford vaccine and prefer that of Pfizer and ΒionTech.
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