While vaccination is the key to ending the crisis, France – like the whole of the European Union – is falling behind. As of March 29, while 46% of Britons have already received a first dose, the European Union has struggled to reach the score of 11.2% of people having received at least one injection of one of the three authorized vaccines (and 11, 75% in France), according to data from the Ministry of Health taken up by the Covidtracker site. Will the arrival in May of the fourth Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the opening of 1,700 vaccination centers allow the president to keep his promise to be able to vaccinate everyone before the end of the summer?
Objective confirmed …
The government remains on course for the moment and ensures that the objectives will be met. So far, some “ 8.5 million first doses and 3 million seconds were injected in France ”, in the words of Emmanuel Macron during his speech on March 31. “We will meet our objectives of 10 million vaccinated from mid-April, 20 million in mid-May and 30 million in June, and all the adults who want it by the end of the summer”, also reaffirmed on March 31 Gabriel Attal.
If we are to believe the forecasts of the Directorate General of Health (on 23/03) consulted by The gallery, vaccine deliveries should indeed accelerate from April. At the end of April, France should have received a total of 27.8 million cumulative doses, 45.6 by the end of May and 72.3 by the end of June. The arrival of the fourth vaccine, that of the Johnson & Johnson laboratory, of which more than eight million doses should be delivered by the end of June, would also make it possible to maintain the target set by the government if the deliveries are held.
Delivery hopes that go hand in hand with the government strategy announced on Wednesday by the Head of State. In fact, as of April 16, thehe vaccination will be extended to all people over 60, then to all over 50 on May 15. People under 50 will follow mid-June and “By the end of the summer, all French people over 18 who so wish can be vaccinated ‘, he explained during his televised address dedicated to the third national confinement.
…If all goes well
However, these optimistic assumptions are based on the assurance of obtaining all the planned doses without a hitch, but also on not having to suspend again one of the four vaccines authorized in the European Union.
However, the suspension of the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine – from March 11 and until March 19 for several European countries – has already put an additional brake on vaccination in Europe. Uonly fifteen states, including France had decided the week of March 15 to suspend injections of the product from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory as a precaution, after the appearance of cases of blood clots in vaccinated people. The stake was enormous since AstraZeneca is the second type of vaccine most administered in France, after Pfizer.
France is also particularly dependent on deliveries ordered by the European Union. However, the delays taken by Brussels are starting to have global repercussions. Thursday, the World Health Organization denounced the slowness of vaccination in Europe, deeming the epidemic situation particularly ” disturbing ”, While several European countries have had to tighten their sanitary measures, and the Union will even resort to blocking exports to preserve its stocks.
“Currently the regional situation is the most worrying that we have observed for several months”, lamented in a statement Hans Kluge, director of WHO Europe which however includes, beyond the EU, some fifty countries including Russia and several Central Asian states.
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