In France, 140 patients injected with saline instead of the COVID-19 vaccine

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At a vaccination center in the northeastern French city of Epernay, doctors mistakenly injected 140 patients with saline instead of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Reported on Saturday, April 24, Le Point.

It is noted that the incident took place on April 20. According to the publication, the solution is used for various procedures, including for cleaning wounds, it was he who was introduced to the inhabitants of France. The error was noticed the next morning. To date, the medical facility has contacted all patients.

“All of them were able to exchange views with the doctor in order to get a new appointment and solve their possible problems. Some of them were able to get the correct injection on Friday, April 23rd, others expect it on Wednesday, April 28th, ”the newspaper writes.

At the same time, the French health authorities do not report the reasons for this error.

Earlier, on April 22, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the country had overcome the peak of the third wave of coronavirus. According to him, despite the improvement in the epidemiological situation, the French must be vigilant. Kasteks also stressed that from April 26, kindergartens and primary classes in schools will resume work in the country.

On April 5, it became known that Pfizer will supply France with 2 million fewer coronavirus vaccines in May than originally planned.

On April 1, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi expressed the opinion that the Russian Sputnik V vaccine would help France in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 if the drug is approved by the country’s authorities.

In turn, on April 11, Russian Ambassador to France Alexei Meshkov said that Russia was counting on France’s unbiased and depoliticized approach to the Sputnik V vaccine, Gazeta.ru wrote.

The first COVID-19 vaccine in Russia and the world was registered on August 11, 2020. Sputnik V was developed by specialists from the Gamaleya Center.

According to the international statistical bureau Worldometer, 5,440,946 cases of coronavirus were registered in France as of April 24, 102,496 people died, 3,978,356 patients recovered.