Vaccine experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, could be administered to people over 65 and used in areas where coronavirus strains are spreading.
Based on all available evidence, the WHO recommends “that the vaccine be used in persons 65 years of age and older”, in line with the updated recommendations of the SAGE expert group.
According to SAGE, the vaccine can also be used in areas where COVID-19 strains are spreading, despite recent research showing that “AstraZeneca” is much less effective against the coronavirus strain first detected in South Africa.
The past day, 487 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, 19 people have died and the total number of deaths is 3,013.
1,679 people recovered within the past 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 189,000 cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Lithuania.
Overall, 171,777 people recovered.
Yesterday, the first dose of the vaccine was given to 4,204, the second to 1,486 residents.
“The idea is for students to be able to return to school as early as February,” says Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys.
“I really hope that we can start this project at the next government meeting, and if we do, it is a very effective new method and will really enable us to return to normal life throughout the education system,” the minister said on Thursday.
“I’m stubborn, the whole team is stubborn – we still have to start doing something in February, otherwise it can’t be. That is the goal and we just have to pursue it,”added Dulkys.
According to the plan, all members of the same family will be tested at the same time. Previously, it was thought that children who go to school for a week would go home for a week to determine if the virus was spreading to families.