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WHO recommends use of AstraZeneca vaccine for all age groups, including over-65s

Scientists advising the World Health Organisation (WHO) have recommended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in all adults.

WHO scientists have issued interim recommendations on the vaccine, saying that the jab could be given people aged 18 and above “without an upper age limit”.

It comes after a number of countries, including Ireland have opted not to give the jab to those over the age of 65, due to a lack of trial data on this age cohort.

The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation also said that the jab should be given in two doses, with the second dose delivered between four and 12 weeks after the first.

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