Without announcing new coercive measures, the government spokesperson called on the French to move “massively” towards vaccination.
Pressured by the spread of the Delta variant, the government organized this Wednesday morning a new restricted health defense council, upstream of the council of ministers. Objective: to develop strategies to help fight against this variant, which represented only 5% of coronavirus cases in June and which now accounts for 40% of the positive tests screened, according to Public Health France.
A “formidable” variant
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal spoke in the wake of these two councils. “This variant is formidable, and it is extremely fast. Vaccination is our trump card in coping. We must seize it. Not only is it accessible, but it is secure,»Pleaded Gabriel Attal. “Now is the time for general mobilization and mass vaccination.Faced with epidemic pressure, a new defense council is scheduled for next Monday, the spokesperson announced.
According to forecasts from the Doctolib appointment booking platform, France will cross the 50% barrier of people fully vaccinated as of July 27. Currently, 37.6% of French people have been able to benefit from a complete vaccination schedule.
To accelerate the vaccination campaign, several avenues are thus on the table. The first is the compulsory vaccination of caregivers, suggested in recent weeks by several members of the government, and which is now taking shape. The government is thus working on a bill which should be presented to Parliament by the end of July or, more likely in view of the incompressible legal deadlines, in September. “The Prime Minister consults this subject,»Confirmed Gabriel Attal, without confirming or denying the implementation of compulsory vaccination. Jean Castex will meet the political groups tomorrow Thursday to discuss this issue.
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A new defense council on Monday
Gabriel Attal conceded an acceleration of the epidemic at the beginning of summer. The national incidence rate increased by 21%. A figure that has doubled among 20-29 year olds. The government spokesperson, however, did not announce new coercive measures, but assured that a new health defense council should be held next Monday.
Faced with the worsening health situation in Europe, the question of a possible strengthening of border restrictions therefore remains open. The evolution of the epidemic is particularly scrutinized in Spain, where several regions are considering a tightening of health restrictions to curb the number of contaminations which is racing once again.
Catalonia has already announced the closure of nightclubs, which had only reopened for two weeks. Portugal is also particularly under scrutiny: the country’s authorities decided, on July 2, to re-establish a curfew. The Delta variant accounts for 90% of new contaminations. On this subject of borders, “work is being done and decisions will be communicated. I remind you that a new defense council is planned,»Said Gabriel Attal.
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