The scientist Margarita del Val has been in favor of the measure of the Public Health Commission to delay the second dose of AstraZeneca in people under 60 who already had one. In an interview with The Sixth Night, the researcher argued that the first thing to do should be to complete the immunization of the older age groups.
Margarita del Val, agrees with only vaccinating people over 60 years old with AstraZeneca
After the cases of thrombosis that arose in those vaccinated with AstraZeneca, the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities made the decision that the Oxford serum should only be administered in those over 60 years of age. A position that left in the air almost two million people under 60 years of the group of essential professions who had already received the first.
The future of this group on what second vaccine to receive is not yet known. For the moment, the Public Health Commission has taken the position of delaying the second puncture for 16 weeks, instead of the 12 that the pharmacist recommends. A postponement that is explained because the Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Communities want to receive the results of the Combivacs study, which analyzes the administration of a second dose of Pfizer.
In its innervation in The Sixth Night, the scientific Margarita del Val has defended both the delay of the decision and the measure of reserving the doses of AstraZeneca to the older population. “You have to take into account, first of all, who is the highest priority to receive the AstraZeneca doses at this time of the campaign and those who are most at risk, that is, completing the group of people between 60 and 69 years, “he explained. “And if others have to wait for the second dose, I think it is justified to use the doses in people who are more at risk,” he added.
In addition, the expert explained that people who are between 60 and 79 years old who have not received any dose are clearly more at risk than people under 55 who have not received anything and, of course, much more risk than people under 55 years of age who, because they are part of the group of essential professions, have already received a dose “.
Margarita del Val reassures those under 60 who have a dose of AstraZeneca
CSIC chemistry also wanted to put on the table that the people who have stayed with the first dose of AstraZeneca should celebrate because they are more immunized than what corresponds to them by age: “People who are in those groups of under 55 years who have received a dose are not in limbo, they are not in an uncertainty, they do not have any problem, they are more protected that anyone else in their age group, therefore, have been so lucky, that they celebrate it. “
In addition, on the specific measure of the delay of the second dose, del Val recalled that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) already said that a first prick of AstraZeneca provides an immunity of four months, that is, the 16 weeks of spacing that the Government has decreed together with the CCAA. Likewise, the virologist said that the clinical trials of the pharmaceutical company contemplated a delay of up to four and a half months, that is, 18 weeks. “With which that term is not running out,” said the expert.
Margarita del Val’s warning about vaccinated people and tourism
The other issue in which chemistry gave its point of view was on the relaxation of restrictions, such as the return of tourism, as there is more vaccinated population. Margarita del Val called for calm because there are cases of infections among the vaccinated population. “There are very large infections in fully vaccinated environments such as nursing homes,” insisted the virologist. “It is not a question of whether we are going to have what percentage of people vaccinated. The important thing is to know if those vaccinated are safe. And I don’t dare say it,” he said.
Thus, del Val was very concerned about the danger that the attitude of vaccinated people may pose. “I am concerned, not only about travel, but about vaccinated people who have close contact with their relatives. Maybe they are infecting them the day the infection reaches them and they don’t realize it,” he warned. “That does worry me, because people really want to take off their masks, to hug each other, not to respect anything when they are with relatives and it will give us some fright,” he said on La Sexta Noche.
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