WHO recommends AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine for people over 65

Spain will not use this antigen in people over 55 years of age.

Healthcare personnel prepare a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization of the World Health Organization has recommended using the AstraZeneca vaccine and the University of Oxford against Covid-19 in people over 65 years of age.

A recommendation that is contrary to that of some countries, including Spain. It was last Thursday that the Public Health Commission decided not to use the AstraZeneca antigen in those over 55 years of age due to a lack of evidence in this age group.

Thus, Spain will inoculate this vaccine to personnel up to 55 years of age of the Security Forces and Bodies, emergency personnel, armed forces, teachers and second-line health and social-health personnel.

As reported by Health this new priority group for the AstraZeneca vaccine includes the aforementioned groups, but only if they are under 55 years old. Otherwise, they will have to wait to be vaccinated with doses of messenger RNA. That is to say, the technology used by Pfizer and Moderna antigens.

For all variants

Likewise, the WHO has given luz verde to be used against all variants of the virus, despite the fact that South Africa has stopped vaccination with AstraZeneca doses.

In its report, the SAGE acknowledges that preliminary analyzes have shown a “slight reduction” in the efficacy of this vaccine against the British variant, as well as a “marked reduction” in efficacy against mild and moderate disease due to the South African strain.

“In light of this, the WHO currently recommends the use of the vaccine according to the prioritization roadmap, even if there are variants in a country. Countries should carry out a benefit-risk assessment based on the local epidemiological situation, including the extent of circulating virus variants. WHO will continue to monitor the situation; as new data becomes available, the recommendations will be updated accordingly ”, the text states.