French regulator head expects Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to arrive this week

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France ought to obtain its first deliveries of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine this week, the head of the medical regulator mentioned on Monday, as the federal government comes below hearth for being too gradual with its vaccine rollout.

France, which has a robust anti-vaccination motion, began its inoculation marketing campaign on the finish of December, as did many different European international locations.

But it has solely vaccinated a whole lot since then, versus tens of 1000’s in Germany and extra 1,000,000 in Britain, which on Monday turned the primary nation to roll out the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot.

“I think that the Moderna vaccine ought to arrive this week,” Dominique Le Guludec, head of the Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS), instructed BFM TV, including that France needed extra data on the AstraZeneca shot.

The United States authorised Moderna’s vaccine on Dec. 19, Canada did so on Dec. 23 and the EU’s watchdog is anticipated to approve it this week.

Epidemiologist and authorities scientific adviser Arnaud Fontanet instructed France Info radio that France wanted to velocity up its vaccine rollout and that the unfold of the virus in France was too excessive for the federal government to ease restrictions.

France has the seventh-highest COVID-19 casualty toll on the earth, with greater than 65,000 deaths.

President Emmanuel Macron mentioned in his New Year’s Eve speech that everybody in France ought to have the ability to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the event that they needed it.

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