Prof. Lucien Abenhaim: “There is a clear benefit to using the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over 60”


INTERVIEW – According to the epidemiologist, former director general of health, continental Europe could not achieve collective immunity in July.

LE FIGARO. – Is the Haute Autorité de santé right to cancel the second injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine before age 55?

Lucien ABENHAIM. – Yes, it is a good decision. First of all, we must examine the relationship between the risk that this vaccination entails and its benefit, which is not to die from Covid-19 or to have serious sequelae. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has identified 44 cerebral venous thromboses for 9 million injected doses, outside the United Kingdom (or 1 in 200,000, Editor’s note). The usual risk of cerebral venous thrombosis is 5 per million people per year. Warning: this figure should be reported to 8 days, because it is the average time after vaccination in which these complications occur. The expected risk is therefore actually 1 in 10 million over eight days.

Should I forgo vaccination with AstraZeneca?

The incidence of death from thrombosis following the vaccine is at least 1 in 300,000, all sexes and ages combined.

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