Upcoming deliveries of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccines what to France will receive for its contract with the Anglo-Swedish laboratory will be donated to developing countries, announced the French Ministry of Health on Tuesday (20).
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“We interrupted deliveries to earmark them for donation,” explained the ministry.
This week France will receive “about 1 million doses of AstraZeneca”, which will be “100% resent to the Covax“, the international solidarity device for the distribution of vaccines, added a representative of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Others 4.5 million doses that the Anglo-Swedish laboratory will deliver to France in August will take the same path. The AstraZeneca vaccine, which uses viral vector technology, has been used in France since early February. Its use, however, was quickly restricted to people over 55 years of age due to its rare but serious side effects.
This produced a relative distrust of the French when receiving this vaccine, which translated into application rates significantly lower than those of RNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna).
The Covax system, which must guarantee equal access to anti-covid vaccines for all countries, distributed 102 million doses in 135 countries on July 12th.