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French government opens door to AstraZeneca vaccine for the elderly

Angela Merkel Angela Merkel
Hannah Rogers | 26 February, 2021, 23:30

"We are doing everything that we can to deliver 40 million doses in the first quarter of 2021".

Recent trials have linked AstraZeneca's vaccine with a dramatic drop in hospitalization risk.

Health Canada approved the vaccine for all adults, saying its efficacy in those over 65 was supported by factors outside of clinical trials.

On Sunday, Dr Minnis made a strong appeal for all citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, insisting the country's economic rebound hinged on widespread administration of the jab.

Canada has ordered more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita than any other country, according to publicly announced procurement deals, but its early rollout has been relatively slow in part because of temporary disruptions in deliveries from manufacturers. "I am 66 years old and do not belong to the recommended group for AstraZeneca", she told the paper.

"AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine is indicated for active immunization of individuals 18 years of age and older for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019", reads their website.

"We are working quite hard on this point and try to convince the people to accept the vaccine and really to gain the trust in the vaccine in the population", Mertens told BBC Radio 4's "Today" program.

The German health ministry was not immediately available for a comment.

Merkel admitted there was an "acceptance problem" with the vaccine, which she said was "effective and safe", and warned Germans could not choose which vaccine they received. "As long as the vaccines are as scarce as they are at present, you can not choose what you want to vaccinate with".

The AstraZeneca vaccine has already been authorized in more than 50 countries. "As long as the vaccines are as scarce as they are at present, you can not choose what you want to vaccinate with".

France is also facing similar problems to Germany after President Emmanuel Macron suggested without providing evidence that AstraZeneca's vaccine was "quasi-ineffective" among over-65s.

The arrival of fewer AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the European Union in the second quarter has been factored into Irish forecasts that were updated Tuesday, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said after Reuters reported the shortfall.

Responding to the worries of medical professionals who experienced mild flu-like side effects to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Fischer recommended taking paracetamol in parallel with the injection.

Officials in Austria, Belgium, and Italy have also reported some resistance to AstraZeneca's vaccine, Agence France-Presse reported last week.

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