France resumes use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine for these over 55, and the prime minister will get the shot.

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France resumed administering the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, however solely to individuals aged 55 and above, because the nation’s prime minister himself received a shot stay on tv to revive essential belief within the jab.

The Haute Autorité de Santé, France’s high well being regulator, formally gave its inexperienced gentle to resuming AstraZeneca vaccinations on Friday “at once.” However noting that the uncommon circumstances of blood clotting issues recorded round Europe had occurred amongst individuals youthful than 55, it beneficial utilizing the vaccine just for individuals older than that.

Jean Castex, the nation’s 55-year-old prime minister, flashed a thumbs up at tv cameras after getting his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a army hospital within the Val-de-Marne space, southeast of Paris.

Not like leaders in different nations, high authorities officers in France had to this point been reluctant to advertise vaccination by getting their photographs in public, lots of them arguing that they didn’t match the standards at the moment outlined by French well being authorities and that they might wait for his or her flip.

However belief within the AstraZeneca vaccine was badly shaken after a number of nations, together with Germany, Italy and France, quickly suspended its use over worries about uncommon circumstances of blood clotting issues amongst those that had gotten the shot.

France has been experiencing a pointy rise in coronavirus circumstances, leaping 24 % in only a week. The variant first recognized in Britain now represents three-quarters of latest circumstances, and a number of other areas, together with the hard-hit space that features Paris, started a brand new lockdown on Friday that may final for no less than a month.

Final week, well being officers in Paris ordered hospitals to cancel lots of their procedures to make room for Covid-19 sufferers. And this week some sufferers have been transferred to different areas to ease the stress on hospitals.

The well being regulator mentioned that France had solely recorded three circumstances of clotting issues after administering 1.4 million AstraZeneca doses: one involving a 26-year-old lady who skilled disseminated intravascular coagulation; and two circumstances of cerebrovascular thrombosis, one in a 51-year-old man and the opposite in a 24-year-old lady.

Till “complementary knowledge” was out there on these uncommon circumstances, messenger RNA vaccines just like the Pfizer one ought to be used for individuals youthful than 55, the regulator mentioned.

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