French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said that the coronavirus vaccine by AstraZeneca seems to be not effective for people over 65 years of age, AFP reported.
The President’s comments came hours prior to the European Medicines Agency (EMA)’s announcement recommending adults of all ages to be using the vaccine.
Macron’s said that there was “very little information” available regarding the development of the vaccine by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, criticising UK’s decision to delay the second dosage of COVID 19 vaccines in order to vaccinate a larger portion of the population.
"Today we think that it is quasi-ineffective for people over 65. What I can tell you officially today is that the early results we have are not encouraging for 60 to 65-year-old people concerning AstraZeneca”, Macron was quoted as saying to reporters by AFP.
The French President further said he was waiting for a decision from the EMA, as well as France’s own health authority, stating the latter to have “the numbers”.
Reportedly, the expert decision by the French health authority is expected to come out early next week.
Addressing the UK’s decision to hold on to the second vaccination dose in order to inoculate as many people as possible, Macron said the aim was not to have the largest number of first doses.
To speed up the entire process, UK Health officials have delayed the second doses up to 12 weeks.