Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was given the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for her second dose after receiving Oxford-AstraZeneca’s shot in April, according to reports.
The BBC, citing a government spokesman, reported on Tuesday that Merkel received the Moderna jab in recent days. Millions of doses of AstraZeneca have been safely administered in Europe, but concerns linger over a rare type of blood clot seen in an extremely small number of recipients. The magazine Nature reported in May that scientists have been studying the effectiveness of mixing COVID-19 vaccines and found that the immune system can deliver a sufficient response.
reported that Germany is joined by several countries that has chosen to use Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines as a second dose after receiving AstraZeneca’s shot.
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Thursday people who got the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose should get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second shot.
On June 1, committee had said AstraZeneca recipients “could” get Pfizer or Moderna for their second shot if they wanted