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France decides to allow people over 65 to get AstraZeneca vaccine

The French government says older people with pre-existing conditions can now get AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, revising its stance on the issue.
 
The health minister said people affected by co-morbidities can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including those aged between 65 and 74.
 
Last month France approved use of the vaccine for under-65s only, citing lack of data for older people.
 
Since then, studies have shown the jab is highly effective among the elderly.
 
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is widely used across the UK, but several EU countries are still limiting it to the under-65s, including Germany.
 
The EU drugs regulator has approved it for all adults, but it is up to each member to set its own implementation policy.
 
                                


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