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France: Vaccines Will Be Made Available to People Over 75 by the End of January

PARIS — France’s government spokesman says vaccines will be made available to people over 75 by the end of January.

Gabriel Atta says up to 600 centers will be set up in France later this month to allow people over 75, wherever they are living, to get the vaccine.

That’s in response to criticism about the slow start of the country’s vaccination campaign. Only 7,000 people have been vaccinated in 10 days since the campaign started on Dec. 26, according to government figures.

The French government had first chosen to reserve the vaccines for residents of nursing homes. Vaccination this week been opened to health care workers over 50.

With the European Union giving the OK for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, Attal expects the nation to receive 200,000 doses by the end of January and 500,000 every month. Also, France receives 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines each week.

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