The AstraZeneca vaccine has been one of the efficient vaccines around, especially to EU nations. The French government has however insisted that only those below 65 years will be administered with it.
AstraZeneca vaccine not to be given to aged citizens yet -France
The French ministry of health has said that the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be administered to citizens below 65 years. This comes in a recent health recommendation from one of EU nations which have issued an emergency vaccine jab however with several limitations.
According to top French health officials, there is a paucity of information on the potency of this vaccine on aged individuals. EU medicine management has given the green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine for all matured citizens, however EU countries can decide how to administer the vaccine to their citizens.
There have been major condemnations about the slow supply of vaccinations to EU nations. Major vaccines like AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech have been hit by various production hiccups. The EU commission had a disagreement with the Swedish-based pharmaceutical firm last week and its supplies didn't arrive in agreed doses.
Little information about vaccine effectiveness on aged individuals
The leader of the EU, Ursula von der Leyen has been under heavy criticism for her role in vaccine distribution, but she has insisted that everything is on track and then the commission policy on vaccination is right.
According to French authorities
'' There is limited information on the efficacy of the older population, and we will get better clarity in coming weeks. Till such clarity comes, only citizens under the age of 65 can use the AstraZeneca vaccine ''.
In the addendum, it said that top priority will be given to health officials and citizens within 50-65 years. On Monday evening, Sweden and Poland's governments have made similar decisions to limit the age range of administration while Italy's health ministry pegged it to 55 years.