Sunday, 22 May, 2022

Covid: AstraZeneca vaccine suffers from “image deficit”, government admits


From this week, volunteer doctors can vaccinate people aged 50 to 64 with co-morbidities against Covid-19. But the AstraZeneca vaccine, used in this category of the population and among health professionals, is denigrated compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, because of certain undesirable effects observed.

In France, 3.8 million doses of vaccines have been injected since the start of the vaccine campaign against Covid-19.

The doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will they expire in the refrigerators, for lack of finding a taker? The government is trying to remain optimistic, but is aware of the “image deficit” suffered by this anti-Covid vaccine, which has caused influenza reactions sometimes strong in patients.

While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being deployed at the planned rate, with 79% of elderly people in nursing homes and retirement homes having received a first injection, the Ministry of Health took stock on Tuesday on the launch of the vaccination campaign with AstraZeneca.

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As a reminder, for a week, this vaccine can be offered to people aged 50 to 64 with comorbidities in hospitals. The second step, which opens this week, is the vaccination of this same category of the population outside of hospitals. Liberal doctors were asked to identify this type of profile, suffering from chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, respiratory failure, etc.).

An “ambitious” goal

About 29,000 doctors have volunteered, for just over 11,000 pharmacies. ” Each doctor receives one vial, i.e. 10 doses, and each pharmacy that has declared at least one doctor receives two additional vials “, Detailed the government, which allows doctors” who feel able to vaccinate more than one vial to get an additional one ».

The first shipment of 547,000 doses has been received, the second of 820,000 doses is due to arrive next week. The goal, ” ambitious “, As the ministry notes, is to vaccinate the whole of this category of the population, that is to say approximately two million people,” in the first half of March ».

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Vaccination will be open “in March” to all French people aged 50 to 64

Following this, vaccination can be opened to people of this same age group who do not present with comorbidities. But the vaccine’s bad reputation could upset the planned schedule. ” We need to embark on a vaccine rehabilitation policy “Admitted the Ministry of Health, recalling that the side effects observed are” minority and benign “. The National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) has made explanatory sheets available to patients and healthcare professionals, who also have access to the AstraZeneca vaccination.

In addition, the executive underlines the first encouraging results established by Scottish researchers, proving the effectiveness of this vaccine on the fall of hospitalizations in the United Kingdom, including for the elderly populations. If this were confirmed, and if the High Authority gave its approval, the AstraZeneca vaccine could then be offered to over 65s.

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Objective: zero wasted dose

No dose of vaccine should be wasted. If, from the 10 doses contained in the vial, a doctor does not find 10 volunteers “with comorbidities” to be vaccinated, he can vaccinate patients “without comorbidities”. Because the company’s vaccine expires in 6 hours after opening the bottle, 48 hours if it remains in the fridge.

« Ban anxiety-inducing messages on the vaccine “Is also part of the recommendations of the Cese (Economic, Social and Environmental Council), which delivered its first progress report on Tuesday, after being seized on December 9 by the Prime Minister on the support of the vaccine strategy . ” clear messages about the benefits of the vaccine “Must be disseminated on the basis of” local professionals in whom the French mostly trust ”, Suggested the commission, which relies on the collective of 35 citizens drawn by lot and an online platform for citizen consultation.

Because to vaccinate the entire French adult population – or 52 million people – by August, it would be necessary to vaccinate 500,000 people per day, noted the Cese. But today, the vaccination rate is far from there: around 130,000 people are vaccinated per week in France.

Janssen vaccine could arrive in May

The vaccine developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, against Covid-19 could arrive in France in May rather than April, depending on the laboratory’s delivery hypotheses, said the Ministry of the Economy.

“The worst case scenario is the month of May, but we will do everything to ensure that supplies begin in April,” said Bercy.

The marketing authorization for Curevac’s anti-Covid-19 vaccine should also take place in May, the ministry said.

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From this week, volunteer doctors can vaccinate people aged 50 to 64 with co-morbidities against Covid-19. But the AstraZeneca vaccine, used in this category of the population and among health professionals, is denigrated compared to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, because of certain undesirable effects observed.

In France, 3.8 million doses of vaccines have been injected since the start of the vaccine campaign against Covid-19.

The doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will they expire in the refrigerators, for lack of finding a taker? The government is trying to remain optimistic, but is aware of the “image deficit” suffered by this anti-Covid vaccine, which has caused influenza reactions sometimes strong in patients.

While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being deployed at the planned rate, with 79% of elderly people in nursing homes and retirement homes having received a first injection, the Ministry of Health took stock on Tuesday on the launch of the vaccination campaign with AstraZeneca.

Read also:

DOSSIER> Covid: the vaccination campaign in France

As a reminder, for a week, this vaccine can be offered to people aged 50 to 64 with comorbidities in hospitals. The second step, which opens this week, is the vaccination of this same category of the population outside of hospitals. Liberal doctors were asked to identify this type of profile, suffering from chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, respiratory failure, etc.).

An “ambitious” goal

About 29,000 doctors have volunteered, for just over 11,000 pharmacies. ” Each doctor receives one vial, i.e. 10 doses, and each pharmacy that has declared at least one doctor receives two additional vials “, Detailed the government, which allows doctors” who feel able to vaccinate more than one vial to get an additional one ».

The first shipment of 547,000 doses has been received, the second of 820,000 doses is due to arrive next week. The goal, ” ambitious “, As the ministry notes, is to vaccinate the whole of this category of the population, that is to say approximately two million people,” in the first half of March ».

Read also:

Vaccination will be open “in March” to all French people aged 50 to 64

Following this, vaccination can be opened to people of this same age group who do not present with comorbidities. But the vaccine’s bad reputation could upset the planned schedule. ” We need to embark on a vaccine rehabilitation policy “Admitted the Ministry of Health, recalling that the side effects observed are” minority and benign “. The National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) has made explanatory sheets available to patients and healthcare professionals, who also have access to the AstraZeneca vaccination.

In addition, the executive underlines the first encouraging results established by Scottish researchers, proving the effectiveness of this vaccine on the fall of hospitalizations in the United Kingdom, including for the elderly populations. If this were confirmed, and if the High Authority gave its approval, the AstraZeneca vaccine could then be offered to over 65s.

Read also:

Vaccination in companies will begin

Objective: zero wasted dose

No dose of vaccine should be wasted. If, from the 10 doses contained in the vial, a doctor does not find 10 volunteers “with comorbidities” to be vaccinated, he can vaccinate patients “without comorbidities”. Because the company’s vaccine expires in 6 hours after opening the bottle, 48 hours if it remains in the fridge.

« Ban anxiety-inducing messages on the vaccine “Is also part of the recommendations of the Cese (Economic, Social and Environmental Council), which delivered its first progress report on Tuesday, after being seized on December 9 by the Prime Minister on the support of the vaccine strategy . ” clear messages about the benefits of the vaccine “Must be disseminated on the basis of” local professionals in whom the French mostly trust ”, Suggested the commission, which relies on the collective of 35 citizens drawn by lot and an online platform for citizen consultation.

Because to vaccinate the entire French adult population – or 52 million people – by August, it would be necessary to vaccinate 500,000 people per day, noted the Cese. But today, the vaccination rate is far from there: around 130,000 people are vaccinated per week in France.

Janssen vaccine could arrive in May

The vaccine developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, against Covid-19 could arrive in France in May rather than April, depending on the laboratory’s delivery hypotheses, said the Ministry of the Economy.

“The worst case scenario is the month of May, but we will do everything to ensure that supplies begin in April,” said Bercy.

The marketing authorization for Curevac’s anti-Covid-19 vaccine should also take place in May, the ministry said.

Read also:

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DOSSIER> France facing the Covid-19 epidemic

INFOGRAPHIC> The evolution of the coronavirus in France