The French government this Thursday updated the measures to combat the new wave of coronavirus cases, for which it has promised to press ahead with the vaccination campaign with booster doses for all citizens over the age of 18 and to repeat it in all closed public places. regardless of whether the COVID pass is required for access.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran has appeared in front of the media to unwind the package of measures that his government had been expecting for days. “We believe that we cannot overcome this wave without resorting to more restrictive instruments,” he said a day after health authorities reported more than 32,500 new cases within 24 hours.
The mask requirement will again apply in all closed rooms and use on the street can also be extended on site if necessary. The COVID passport controls, which are required, for example, for access to the Christmas markets that open on the coming holidays, are also being expanded.
The procurement of this passport is also subject to fluctuations, since the antigen tests or PCR that the unvaccinated must apply are only valid for 24 hours instead of the current 72, and from the 15th all citizens residing in France over 18 years of age who have been living in France since the last Injection five months have passed.
“We will be opening, reopening or expanding the existing vaccination centers starting this weekend,” said Véran, who defended the importance of the campaign. “In early 2022” it is foreseeable that children between the ages of five and eleven will be able to start vaccinating, as advocated this Thursday by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the case of the drug developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
The minister has assured that without this “important vaccination protection”, France would face this new increase in infections in a much worse situation, to the extent that unvaccinated people have “ten times more” opportunities to go to hospital when dealing with COVID-19 infect than those who have already completed the established guideline.
Véran has ruled out a new prison sentence, mobility restrictions or curfew, alluding to measures taken in previous waves.