Covid-19: AstraZeneca’s vaccines will be “in pharmacies, normally, in the third week of February”, according to a union of pharmacists

“In the third week of February, normally, these AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccines will be in pharmacies”, assured Monday February 1 on franceinfo Philippe Besset, president of the Federation of pharmaceutical unions of France (FSPF). Details will be provided on Tuesday by the High Authority for Health, which will deliver its opinion on this vaccine against Covid-19 at 5.15 p.m. But Philippe Besset affirms it, “the government’s desire for this vaccine to be administered locally, therefore via the network of town pharmacies”.

“We have to wait for recommendations and priorities from health authorities to know who to give it first.”

Philippe Besset, President FSPF

to franceinfo

Unlike those from Pfizer / BioNtech and Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at temperatures between 4 and 8 ° C. “It is therefore easier to store, that’s for sure”, confirms Philippe Besset. “There is still a logistical challenge to overcome“, according to him, evoking “vials packaged in 10 doses” and by “boxes of 100”.

“There are 18,000 pharmacies already vaccinating patients [contre la grippe saisonnière], with everything you need to do the vaccination “, notes Philippe Besset who recalls that “was able to vaccinate 10 million people in two months. We have a well-established network to do this, all we need are the doses”.

“We are expected a lot on the succession of centers, says Philippe Besset. The centers were great to start, and we had to start in January. But the real mass vaccination will be done by caregivers nearby”, he assures.

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