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Sir John Bell, part of the team who developed the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, has suggested that French president Emanuel Macron was trying to lower demand for the vaccine when he claimed it was “quasi-ineffective” in people over the age of 65.

“I’m not sure where he got that from,” Bell said on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. While Bell acknowledged that the study had only trialed the vaccine on small numbers of elderly people, he said that the data “still pointed toward a very highly effective vaccine”.

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