Germany to give single AstraZeneca vaccine dose to COVID-19 patients

FILE PHOTO: A package of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown in the state of Brandenburg where the first coronavirus vaccinations are given in doctors' surgeries, in Senftenberg, Germany, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s vaccine commission said on Thursday that people who have recovered from COVID-19 should receive a single dose of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, a decision that would make it possible to stretch scarce supply.

The single dose should be given six months after a person has been diagnosed with the illness, the Permanent Vaccination Commission said in a statement released by the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Caroline Copley