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UPDATE 1-French medical regulator approves COVID-19 vaccine

(Adds start of France’s vaccination rollout on Dec. 27)

PARIS, Dec 24 (Reuters) - French medical regulator HAS said on Thursday it had approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for France’s vaccination rollout, after the European Medicines Agency gave its go-ahead on Monday.

“The vaccine can be used for people aged 16 and over, including elderly”, the regulator says.

The European Union is gearing up for a vaccination campaign of unprecedented scale following regulatory approval for the shot. France plans to start its vaccination programme on Dec. 27.

Reporting by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Edmund Blair

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