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French vaccine chief says expects AstraZeneca vaccine halt to be temporary

PARIS, March 16 (Reuters) - French vaccination chief Alain Fischer said on Tuesday he expects the suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in its inoculation campaign to be temporary.

Fischer told France Inter radio that the number of cases of people showing adverse side-effects from the vaccine remained small.

He also said that the AstraZeneca vaccine was not a second-tier vaccine. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Matthieu Protard, editing by Louise Heavens)

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