Germany is pushing hard for people to take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as many turn it down in hope of a Pfizer shot
On 1 February 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to the Berlin newspapers.
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Germany is strengthening its efforts to ensure the safety and efficacy of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
People refusing this jab also disrupted the German vaccination roll-out.
It seems that it is part of a pattern documented by Insider that seeks instead to fire Pfizer.
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The AstraZeneca vaccine is advocated and pushed back by officials in Germany against citizens who stop taking Pfizer Jab instead.
Both shots have been licensed by regulators, but different efficacy results than clinical trials seem to have caused many to retain the Pfizer jab, which has a 95% effectiveness compared to 60% of AstraZeneca.
Experts say that direct comparisons are deceptive and not a legitimate excuse to reject the AstraZeneca jab - but the message failed to hit a lot of the populace of Germany.
In Germany, only 187,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been received to date, Reuters reported on Monday.
At the end of last week, the nation expected 1.5 million doses of the vaccine.
One Berlin vaccine platform delivering AstraZeneca jab alone had less than 200 people arrive every day for 3,800 appointments, the London Times reported on Monday.
People are hesitant to take the vaccine, a director of a vaccination center told Insider's sister publishing company in Germany, Business Insider Deutschland.
One German specialist said Die Welt that "really disastrous communication" was responsible for the vaccine's widespread skepticism.
German Minister for Health Jans Spahn faced criticism by telling sources that the vaccine is just 8% effective in people over the age of 65, the German Handelsblatt published on 29 January.
Spahn denied a study stating that the paper "confused" the evidence it submitted.
There is also uncertainty about the performance of the vaccine.
The effectiveness of AstraZeneca vaccine has been reported to be 60 percent smaller than rivals Pfizer and Moderna who reported efficacy of over 90 percent in clinical trials.
However, the statistics are not equivalent, experts said, and real-world data are beginning to demonstrate the efficacy of AstraZeneca vaccines in countries where it has been produced.
Anecdotal data were obtained from France and Sweden on flu-like side-effects from the first jab of the vaccine, in some cases briefly withdrawing health staff from commission for a day.
The German government and local health experts are also collaborating together to remove doubt about the feasibility and efficacy of the vaccine.
The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines are depicted as delivered by an old gum machine by street art.
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"The vaccine from AstraZeneca is both safe and highly effective" said Angela Merkel Speaker Steffen Seibert in a Monday tweet.
On Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen, the EU's top official, also defended the AstraZeneca fired.
von der Leyen, European Commission President and German member of the Merkel CDU party, told the Augsburger General newspaper that she "take the AstraZeneca vaccine without a second thought, just like Moderna's and BioNTech/products" Pfizer's
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