France says no AstraZeneca virus vaccine for people over 65

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron says France will only give the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people under age 65. The government’s health advisory body on Tuesday cited a lack of sufficient data about the vaccine’s effectiveness in older people. The decision could shake up France’s vaccination strategy because the country has prioritized nursing home residents and people over 75, and also had counted on the AstraZeneca vaccine for a large part of its upcoming vaccinations. Macron said France still aims to offer the vaccine to anyone who wants it by the end of the summer. The French guidance differs from that given by the European Medicines Agency, which authorized AstraZeneca’s vaccine for use in all adults.