Germany’s Angela Merkel gets Moderna as second shot after getting AstraZeneca as the first

The 66-year-old took her first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in April, more than two weeks after German authorities then recommended use of the jab only for people aged 60 and over.

A spokesman from the chancellor’s office said on Tuesday that, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a Moderna coronavirus vaccine as her second jab, after getting AstraZeneca as the first.

This 66-year-old took her first Jab of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in April, with more than two weeks after German authorities then recommended to use of  jab only for people aged 60 and above.

Merkel has stepped down to this power over and after 16 years. After a pause start, Germany’s vaccination drive has rolled-out  sharply and accelerated in recent weeks.

A large amount of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered safely in Europe, but this concerns with linger over a rare type of blood clot seen in an extremely small number of recipients, meaning that some people in early  groups due to their age or pre-existing health conditions that have been holding off on getting it, and preferring to wait for another vaccine.

Dozens of countries have paused after the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in March or some have restricted them to older adults. Bur besides this, several of them which includes Germany have already resumed its use either fully or with restrictions after health regulators said the benefits of the shot is outweigh at any risks.

Germany approved in April that if the people who received a first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a different shot for their second dose. Several other European countries have made-up similar decisions.

As on Tuesday 51.2 per cent of the population have received their first dose in Germany.

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