PARIS, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. French Health Minister Olivier Veran received the first coronavirus vaccination, which was broadcast live on BFMTV.
Veran became the first member of the French government to receive the vaccine. He was vaccinated by the British company AstraZeneca. The head of the Ministry of Health is 40 years old, but he is a physician, therefore he has the right to be vaccinated at this stage.
The vaccination campaign kicked off in France on December 27. At the first stage, residents of nursing homes, people over 75 years old, as well as medical workers are vaccinated. According to the Ministry of Health, as of February 5, more than 1.8 million people received the first dose of vaccines, and more than 200 thousand French people were vaccinated twice.
France has approved the use of three vaccines from Pfizer (USA) and BioNTech (Germany), the American company Moderna and the British company AstraZeneca.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the number of cases of coronavirus in France has amounted to more than 3.3 million people, over 78 thousand have died.