French vaccines chief says AstraZeneca COVID vaccine shows great efficacy

French doctor, professor in pediatric immunology and president of the vaccine orientation council Alain Fischer speaks during a press conference on the government's current strategy for the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

PARIS (Reuters) - French vaccination chief Alain Fischer said on Friday the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine had shown great efficacy, reaffirming France's commitment to an inoculation which has been suspended in several other countries.

Speaking on Radio Classique, he also welcomed the approval by European Union health authorities of the COVID vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, saying it would not be available in France before next month.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Edmund Blair)