France receives first batch of Moderna vaccines

More than 50,000 additional doses of vaccine will be available “as of this week”. [Shutterstock/Giovanni Cancemi]

The areas most impacted by the pandemic in France will receive doses from the first batch of Moderna vaccines authorised by the EU last Wednesday and delivered to France on Monday.

More than 50,000 additional doses of vaccine will be available “as of this week”, said French Health Minister Olivier Véran. “These doses can be administered as early as next week when they arrive at the vaccination sites,” he added. 

The Moderna vaccine presents less heavy constraints in terms of logistics than the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with, among other things, a lower storage temperature (-20° C) and a thawed shelf life of 30 days.

Following stark criticism regarding the slowness of the vaccination campaign, the health minister told Europe 1 on Sunday that the number of people vaccinated should “exceed 100,000” this weekend.

France’s public health department counted 96,743 positive cases for the week of 28 December, an increase of 17% compared to the previous week.

(Louise Rozès Moscovenko  | EURACTIV.fr)

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