Published: Thu, March 04, 2021
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France allows elderly to get AstraZeneca COVID vaccine

France allows elderly to get AstraZeneca COVID vaccine

"Very optimistic that they're going to be moved forward if, indeed, all the vaccines that we've contracted for are able to be manufactured and shipped in the right ways", he said Wednesday.

While France's health minister, Olivier Veran, said people over 75 would continue to get only the Pfizer or Moderna jabs, he added: "Anybody aged 50 or over who is affected by co-morbidities can get the AstraZeneca vaccine, including those between 65 and 74".

British Columbia announced on Monday that it would push back the administration of second doses following new research suggesting that both vaccines offer protection of at least 90 per cent after just one shot.

The agency earlier said it will provide compensation of over 430 million won (S$510,216) for deaths from the Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccine was authorized for use Friday on all adults, including seniors, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is concerned there is limited data on how well the vaccine will work in older populations.

Dr Jeong noted that there were no cases of fatalities from receiving Covid-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech. By Tuesday, 85,904 people had received first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said in a statement.

Some provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, plan to follow the advisory committee's advice and target the AstraZeneca vaccine at younger people working in front-line essential services or in high-risk settings like prisons. "Today, there are 800,000 fewer Canadians working than at the beginning of the pandemic".

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