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Germany only recommends Biontech / Pfizer vaccine for those under 30

Doctor Oezge Kaya delivers the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a woman in a doctor’s office in Berlin, Germany on April 13, 2021. REUTERS / Alessia Cocca

BERLIN, November 10 (Reuters) – The German Vaccine Advisory Committee recommends that people under the age of 30 be vaccinated only with the Biontech / Pfizer (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine because it has shown a lower number of heart inflammation in young people than Moderna (MRNA .O) vaccination, he said Wednesday.

The committee, known as STIKO, also recommended that pregnant women, regardless of their age, also be inoculated only with the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine.

STIKO based its recommendation on new safety data from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), the German vaccine authority, and new international data.

Germany is the latest country in the European Union to recommend limiting the use of Moderna vaccine in young people.

The French public health authority this week recommended that people under the age of 30 receive Pfizer’s vaccine when it is available instead of the Moderna vaccine. Finland and Sweden have also limited the use of Moderna shot. Read more

Moderna on Tuesday applied for European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 11, weeks after delaying a similar filing with US regulators. Read more

Earlier Wednesday, the public health authority at the Robert Koch Institute reported 39,676 new cases of COVID-19 in Germany, a record for the third day in a row. This brought the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 4,844,054.

The total number of deaths increased by 236 to 96,963.

The institute also reported an increase in the seven-day incidence rate of the coronavirus – the number of people per 100,000 infected over the past week – to the highest level since the start of the pandemic, also a record for the third consecutive day.

Germany has already had to relocate some patients from areas where hospitals are overcrowded.

The three German parties in talks to form a coalition government by early December have agreed not to extend the state of emergency nationwide.

Instead, they introduced a bill on Monday evening that would amend existing legislation to allow measures such as mandatory masks and social distancing in public spaces to continue to be enforced until March of the year. next.

The bill is due to be presented to the lower house of the Bundestag on Thursday and voted on in extraordinary session a week later.

(This story corrects to remove reference to Denmark)

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa and Paul Carrel; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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