BERLIN (Reuters) -German Chancellor Angela Merkel acquired her 1st shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, her spokesman explained on Twitter.

“I am delighted that I been given the to start with vaccination with AstraZeneca,” the Twitter put up quoted Merkel, 66, as expressing.

“Vaccinations are the essential to beating the pandemic,” she included in the estimate.

Germany’s vaccine regulator has recommended limiting the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to individuals aged more than 60, citing pitfalls of a uncommon clotting ailment.

Questions more than the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine as nicely as a different viral vector a person made by Johnson & Johnson threaten to undermine public self confidence in the reduced-expense shots, which authorities had been counting on in the combat versus a pandemic that has claimed additional than 3 million lives around the world.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz also obtained a initial shot of AstraZeneca’s vaccine previously on Friday.

“I have often claimed I would get vaccinated when it is my flip,” the 62-year-previous politician advised journalists ahead of acquiring his jab. “Currently is the day.”

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, a previous minister in Merkel’s authorities, obtained a shot of the vaccine manufactured by BioNTech and Pfizer on Thursday.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Maria SheahanEditing by Gareth Jones)

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