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German leader Angela Merkel will reportedly get her first shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Friday — despite her nation being one of many limiting its use over blood-clot fears.
The 66-year-old Chancellor will become the most high-profile person in the European nation to get the shot, which has been halted in more than a dozen countries over the clots, Welt said.
Merkel is only eligible to even get the AstraZeneca shot because she is aged 66, with its use in Germany halted for those under 60.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier previously got the shot earlier this month, saying at the time, “I trust the vaccines approved in Germany,” Welt noted.
Politician Karl Lauterbach — a scientist who has helped at a vaccination center — also got the same shot, insisting that it was a “highly effective vaccine” with only “very rare” serious side effects.
Germany has recorded more than 3 million coronavirus cases and nearly 80,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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