Switzerland’s president Guy Parmelin
By Joe Barnes, Brussels Correspondent
The decision makes it the only country in Europe not to authorise doses of the Oxford-produced jab for use. The Swiss medical regulator claimed there was a lack of data to reach conclusions on the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Approval of the jab had been widely expected by many in Switzerland.
SwissMedic said: “For the vaccine from AstraZeneca, the data available and evaluated to date are not yet sufficient for approval.
“In order to obtain additional data on safety, efficacy and quality, data from new studies are required.”
The move runs counter to the decision made by the European Union’s drug watchdog – which Switzerland is not a member – to green-light AstraZeneca’s Covid jab last week.
But there is a growing list of EU countries refusing to allow the use of the vaccine in older people.
France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Poland have all advised against use for people over a certain age.