The French health authorities have granted permission for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to be given to people aged 65 to 75. However, a much lower number of doses of the jab than projected have been administered so far.

On Tuesday, a French health ministry official said that only 24 percent of Covid-19 vaccines delivered to France by AstraZeneca had been administered, amid low confidence in the jab and its exclusion from the country’s main inoculation campaign. There had been concerns that there was insufficient trial data to support giving the jab to the over-65s.

The target for administering the shot in France, already approved for the under-65s, had been set at 80 to 85 percent.

“It is true that we are facing issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine,” the official said without elaborating, according to Reuters. “Now, there has been recent positive news … and we are confident it will find its place,” the official added, referencing recent research from Scotland that shows its impact on reducing from Covid-19. (RT)