Because of the extremely slow vaccination start in France, the government is coming under increasing pressure. Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Tuesday in an interview with the French broadcaster RTL that the corona vaccination strategy will now be “strengthened, accelerated and simplified”.
The vaccinations should now be extended as soon as possible to people over 75 years of age who do not live in the home, for example. Véran also said that vaccination registrations should be possible over the Internet and by telephone. Specifically, this should be presented on Thursday.
In France there was still uncertainty on Tuesday morning about the specific number of people vaccinated. Véran said 2000 vaccinations were exceeded on Monday. The fact is that France lags behind many other countries. Véran promised that they would catch up with the neighbors in the coming days.
There has recently been massive criticism of Paris from the regions in particular. The President of the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, complained that he did not have an overview of the vaccination doses available in his northern region. “We were told that caregivers over the age of 50 can be vaccinated. But those who called this Monday to find out where were not given any information,” he said. Such a discrepancy between the announcements and the reality on the ground is not acceptable. Bertrand also sees French President Emmanuel Macron as having an obligation.
According to media reports, he met on Monday with several officials and ministers, including Véran, and Prime Minister Jean Castex. France with its 67 million inhabitants has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic – more than 65,000 people have died so far.