French Prime Minister Jean Castex has been vaccinated against the coronavirus with AstraZeneca.
The injection was given to the prime minister at the military hospital in Saint-Mande in the Paris region, broadcast by BFMTV. Castex took off his jacket and rolled up the sleeve of his white shirt as he entered the hospital, where everything was prepared for the vaccination. After the vaccination, the head of the French government gave a thumbs up and said that “I didn’t feel anything.” Because of the mask on the Prime Minister’s face, it wasn’t easy to see his expression.
Earlier on Friday, France’s Top Health Authority (HAS), based on the findings of the European regulator, recommended the resumption of the use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca for people aged 55 and older. The head of government fits into the designated age category: he celebrated his 55th birthday in July last year.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister announced his desire to get vaccinated to show that you can trust the vaccine made by AstraZeneca.
According to the survey of the sociological service Elabe, conducted on March 15-16, the AstraZeneca vaccine is trusted by only 20% of the French.
In early February, the first injection of AstraZeneca was made by French Health Minister Olivier Veran.