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Frank Vandenbroucke gets his first jab from AstraZeneca

Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke. Credit: Belga

Belgium’s Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke has been given his first dose of the coronavirus vaccination at the centre in Overijse.

The 65-year-old was summoned at the same time as Belgians in his age group and did not receive any special treatment, Belga News Agency reports.

“I am very happy that today, as a 65-plus person, I received my first dose of AstraZeneca,” the minister wrote on Facebook. “In this way I am not only protecting myself, but also the people around me.”

Vandenbroucke also thanked all the people at the vaccination centre for making sure the vaccination went smoothly.

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This news comes after a troubled couple of months for the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is currently facing legal action for failing to solve problems with the delivery of its coronavirus vaccine.

The vaccine also made headlines across the world after links were discovered between it and the formation of blood clots. This saw Belgium limiting use to those over 55 years old due to the rare risk of thrombosis, a decision which was changed on Saturday to lower the minimum age to people aged 41 and over.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times