Scientists slammed the spurious claim overnight after it was published by German newspapers Handelsblatt and Bild, which said government sources had warned the jab only appeared to be eight per cent effective but didn't publish any data to prove it. Oxford University rubbished the report, saying there was 'no basis' for the allegation, and that their data has already been 'released transparently'. AstraZeneca, manufacturing the jab on behalf of Oxford, said it was 'completely incorrect'. And scientists added they had 'no idea' where the figure has come from, adding that it was not proved by research on the vaccine. Germany has now confirmed there is no data to suggest the effectiveness of the vaccine is that low and that the European Medicines Agency will decide whether to approve the jab on Friday. In a statement issued today the country's health ministry said: 'The Federal Ministry of Health is unable to confirm current reports that the AstraZeneca vaccine is less effective.
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