The Netherlands intends to refuse to vaccinate the population against coronavirus disease with a drug produced by the Swedish-British company AstraZeneca. The reasons are low demand for the vaccine and the lack of new supplies as NOS reported citing Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge.
During the past weeks, only a few people have signed up for injection with AstraZeneca. People who have already had their first shot and have signed up for a booster shot with AstraZeneca will be vaccinated with Pfizer's vaccine. Previously, people born in 1960 or earlier were eligible for AstraZeneca.
This summer, the Dutch Health Council recommended that people who received their first AstraZeneca get a second shot with the Pfizer vaccine. This factor also led to the suspension of purchases of AstraZeneca vaccines.
As we reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) has granted approval for emergency authorization to Covaxin vaccine co-developed by India’s medical-research agency and local manufacturer Bharat Biotech International Ltd.