Angela Merkel receives Moderna as second jab after AstraZeneca shot

Angela Merkel receives Moderna as second jab after AstraZeneca shot
Mrs Merkel first received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in April and then a dose of Moderna a few days ago. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine as her second shot having had Oxford-AstraZeneca as her first, a government spokesman said.

She was vaccinated a few days ago after getting a dose of AstraZeneca in April.

Experts believe mixed dosing of Covid-19 vaccines could be a good idea but it is too early to say for sure.

Ms Merkel will be stepping down as leader this year after 16 years.

In March, Germany, along with other European countries, halted the rollout of the AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after a number of blood clots cases were reported.

Germany had previously restricted the use of the vaccine to over-60s, but is now set to offer it to all adults, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.

After a slow start, the country’s vaccination rollout accelerated in recent weeks.

More than half of Germany’s population has now received their first dose of a vaccine.

Mrs Merkel’s spokesman tweeted a photo of her vaccination certificate in April to show she had received the injection.

There have been some studies conducted on the mixing of different Covid vaccines.

One study in the United Kingdom found that adults were more likely to report mild and moderate side effects after mixing doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid vaccines.

Some countries have been looking at mixing vaccines to improve protection and in the face of supply shortages, Reuters news agency reports.

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