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France plans following up the AstraZeneca vaccine first dose with mRNA vaccine as a second shot

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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021. 10:00 am CST.

By Rubén Morale Iglesias: France’s top health body says that mRNA vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna, should be given as a second vaccine dose to persons under 55 who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Reuters said it learned that the Haute Autorite de la Sante (HAS), the French body in charge of outlining how vaccines should be used in France, plans to go ahead with the move.

After the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that there was a connection between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots, vaccination programmes in Europe have been affected with some countries placing age restrictions on who should receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Though the HAS did not comment, Reuters said the plans are underway.

Germany was the first country in Europe to recommend giving people who had received AstraZeneca vaccines as the first dose a mRNA vaccine booster.

This decision is considered significant, Reuters said, because giving persons a second shot different than the first has not yet been tested in late-stage human trials.

The consideration is that though the make-up of the mRNA and the traditional type like AstraZeneca, both target the same outer “spike” protein of the coronavirus and that therefore they should be effective.

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