France to start COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday - health minister

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Reze

PARIS (Reuters) - France will start its COVID-19 vaccination programme next Sunday, Health Minister Olivier Veran wrote on his Twitter feed.

Veran added in his Tweet on Monday that the French vaccination programme would start off with the most vulnerable members of the population, such as the elderly.

Europe's medicines regulator will on Monday assess the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by U.S. company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, with a green light to put Europe on course to start inoculations within a week.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Hugh Lawson)