Australia backs Pfizer virus vaccine over AstraZeneca for under-50s

Australia backs Pfizer virus vaccine over AstraZeneca for under-50s

By Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett. CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it now recommends people under 50 should get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in preference to AstraZeneca's shot, a policy shift that it warned would hold up its inoculation campaign. The move, a day after European regulators reiterated they had found possible links between AstraZeneca's shot and reports of very rare cases of blood clots, is a huge hurdle for Australia's programme, which had relied on that vaccine.

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