Norway Joins Countries Offering AstraZeneca Vaccine to Over 65s

Norway became the latest country to add AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine to its Covid-19 immunization program for people over the age of 65.

The decision comes not long after Germany, France and Sweden said they were clearing shots by Astra for the elderly, after judging that recent data now support such a step.

The office of Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, said wider use of the vaccine will speed up the country’s efforts to inoculate its oldest citizens. That’s as the government warns that stricter measures will be needed if infection rates don’t decline.

Norway is already urging citizens abroad not to return home for the Easter holidays. The government says further limits on social contact and a national ban on serving alcohol might also be needed unless infection rates fall.

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