AstraZeneca: France, other vaccine for 2nd jab under-55s

No AZ in areas with South Africa variant

09 April, 17:53

    AstraZeneca: France, other vaccine for 2nd jab under-55s AstraZeneca: France, other vaccine for 2nd jab under-55s

    PARIS - Recipients under 55 of a first dose of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine in France will receive a second shot with another vaccine against the coronavirus, Health Minister Olivier Véran has said. "It is entirely logic", said Véran, stressing however that the official announcement will be made by the Superior Institute of Health (Has) at a press conference on Friday morning. Has has suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine for the under-55s on March 19.

    Before the suspension on March 19, some 600,000 French, including many healthcare operators, had received the first dose of AstraZeneca. "I am among them", said Véran, 41, who was vaccinated on February 8 as a neurologist. "It is entirely logic - he added - to say 'we don't recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine to those under 55 before we know more, and therefore if you received a first jab and are under 55, we will offer another vaccine 12 weeks after the first shot. You will receive a messenger-RNA vaccine".

    No AstraZeneca in areas with South Africa variant

    PARIS - The vaccine against Covid-19 AstraZeneca should not be used in Moselle (eastern France) and in the overseas territories of Mayotte and Réunion, because it is not sufficiently effective against the South African virus variant, according to France's top health authority. In Moselle, at the border with Germany, the agency advised to "continue to privilege access to the vaccines" of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, as well as Johnson&Johnson when it will be available.

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