France had delayed ignition from the first weeks of the vaccination campaign.
To the point of arriving at the back of the European peloton.
Strongly criticized for two months for the slow pace of vaccination, in particular due to delays in deliveries of doses, Emmanuel Macron affirmed his desire to accelerate the tempo during his address to the French on Wednesday evening.
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“Thanks to vaccination, the way out of the crisis is emerging.
You are more than 8.5 million to have received a first injection, 3 million to have received two, welcomed Emmanuel Macron.
Our main challenge today is therefore to accelerate again and again.
Continue to have more and more doses by accelerating our purchases and by producing in France and in Europe.
There have been delays, things that we have fixed, but we will further accelerate the number of doses that we get.
People over 65 in mid-April, over 50 in mid-May
In early March, the government set itself the goal of having administered at least one dose of vaccine to 10 million inhabitants in mid-April, 20 million in mid-May, 30 million in mid-June.
Concretely, he still hopes that people over 65 will be able to be vaccinated from mid-April, and that vaccination will “open” to over 50s from mid-May.
"The progress of deliveries will allow us to meet these objectives, especially since France will receive from mid-April doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine," Prime Minister Jean Castex said on March 18.
The vaccine doses expected by France
A calendar confirmed by Emmanuel Macron, who however gave a horizon for the French under 50 years: “from mid-June, the meetings will be open to all French under 50 years.
By the end of the summer, all French people over 18 who so wish can be vaccinated ”.
People over 55 with diabetes, hypertension or overweight will be able to make an appointment "as of today" with a doctor, who will administer an AstraZeneca vaccine to them, said the head of state.
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"We are putting all the means to vaccinate relentlessly," he assures us.
For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, there are 1,700 vaccination centers that have opened.
For AstraZeneca vaccines and Johnson & Johnson tomorrow, all general practitioners and nurses are mobilized ”.