France’s Supreme Health Authority agreed today, Friday, to resume the use of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine to prevent Covid-19, but said that the vaccine should only be received by those aged 55 years and over.
This restriction violates European Medicines Agency guidelines that the vaccine is valid for all age groups, and comes just weeks after Paris initially said that the British Swedish vaccine should only be used for those under 65 years of age.
The European Medicines Agency said, on Thursday, that it was convinced that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks, after reports that some of those who received it had an imbalance in blood fluidity.
The Supreme Health Authority in France said in a statement today, Friday, “In light of the data provided by the European Medicines Agency, the authority believes that it is possible to resume vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine immediately.”
Also Friday, French government spokesman Gabriel Atal said that there is no reason for his country to reject the “AstraZeneca” vaccine.
Yesterday, Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a new one-month lockdown in the capital, Paris and other regions of the country, after the vaccination campaign faltered and a highly contagious strain of the Corona virus spread.
Atal told RTL radio that the government would intensify its efforts to ensure that as many people as possible could work from home, not from the office.