French pharma Sanofi: last with its Covid vaccine but top with its lobbying

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The Covid-19 vaccine produced by pharmaceutical firm Sanofi has finally been approved by European regulators, well after rival products from its competitors. But while the French fgroup may have been last in getting a vaccine ready to fight the pandemic, it is a different story when it comes to lobbying. As Rozenn Le Saint reports, over the last two years Sanofi has spent more than its rivals in a bid to influence the authorities in Paris and Brussels.

Thousands protest in France against proposed new vaccine pass

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Interior ministry officials said 34 people were arrested and some 10 police officers were injured after Saturday's  protests turned violent in some places. 

In visit to French Polynesia, Macron tackles virus, China’s ambitions

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French president started his trip Saturday night in Tahiti with a visit to a hospital and an appeal to get vaccinated against the virus. 

France to help Africa boost Covid-19 vaccine production, says Macron

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At a news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, the French head of state said Africa made up around 20% of the world’s need for vaccines but only 1% of vaccine production.

Macron slams 'Anglo-Saxons' for blocking Covid-19 vaccines

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Speaking from the Portuguese city of Porto on the sidelines of an EU 'social summit', French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday accused what he called 'the Anglo-Saxons', an apparent reference to both the US and the UK, of blocking exports of anti-Covid-19 vaccines and their raw materials.

France kicks off Europe's vaccine donations to poorer states

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The French donation of an initial 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine this month, announced on Wednesday, is a boost for the international COVAX scheme.

‘The end of naivety’: Macron backs EU vaccine export curbs

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French president said the EU had been late in ramping up vaccine production and jabs, but was catching up and would become the world’s biggest producer of vaccines this summer.

Macron admits EU leaders didn't believe jabs would be ready so soon

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French president says Europe's sluggish rollout of vaccines againt Covid 'should be a lesson for all of us'.

France could follow Italy and block vaccine shipments, minister says

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Comments by French health minister Olivier Véran came the day after Rome invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia.

Why potentially millions of doses of mRNA Covid vaccines are lost in the vials


The messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines against Covid-19 infection are apparently highly effective, but they are also in too short supply to meet current demand. In France, doctors have found that vials of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna contain more than the indicated number of doses. By collecting the dregs of the bottles, there is the potential of producing millions more doses from existing supplies. But the French health authorities are refusing to authorise the practice. Joseph Confavreux and Caroline Coq-Chodorge report.

What the Sanofi saga tells us about the state of France's industrial strategy

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The French pharmaceuticals firm Sanofi has been in the headlines recently because of its setbacks in producing a vaccine against Covid-19, which will not now be ready until the end of 2021 at the earliest. Yet the group has nonetheless decided to go ahead with its restructuring plans and will be trimming back on its research while also moving many of its production plants into a separate company to be sold off. France is now paying the price for having abandoned its industrial and research strategies over the last thirty years. Martine Orange investigates.

France to prioritize nursing home residents for vaccination

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French PM Jean Castex says that COVID-19 vaccines will go to the homes' residents first when doses become available in France, which is not expected before the end of the month.

Mistrust of vaccines is greatest in France, says survey

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Study of up to 66,000 people across 67 countries asked whether they see vaccines as important, safe, effective and compatible with their beliefs.

French police arrest 21 people over suspected horsemeat scam

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Veterinarians and other meat industry workers are suspected of selling for human consumption meat from horses used for medical research.