Paris has decided to suspend all flights between Brazil and France because of concerns around the Brazilian variant of Covid-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Tuesday April 13. ” We note that the situation is worsening and therefore we have decided to suspend all flights between Brazil and France until further notice. », Explained the head of government during the questioning session to the government at the National Assembly.
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On Monday, the Minister for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari explained that France had ” kept a few lines “With Brazil, by justifying the maintenance of air links by respect for the law, the Council of State having provided that French nationals” in the name of freedom of movement, should be able to continue to come “.
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Faced with criticism from the opposition, the Prime Minister also defended himself from any inaction, recalling that travelers from Brazil had until then to produce a negative PCR test and isolate themselves for ten days.
The Brazilian variant is of concern to doctors and scientists, especially because of its greater resistance to existing vaccines. The specialists speak of ” immune escape “:” Clearly, while we know that the vaccination works very well on the English mutant, we see a loss of protection with the Brazilian and South African variants. “, Explains in Le Parisien the virologist Bruno Lina, member of the scientific council.
Many opposition officials, especially on the right, on Tuesday called for the suspension of flights with Brazil or a stricter quarantine. ” Closing the borders is useful and absolutely necessary and I do not see how when we confine the French, we can maintain this air link. “, Said on RFI radio the president of the group Les Républicains in the National Assembly, Damien Abad.