“The start of vaccination is now a matter of weeks”, announced Jean Castex by opening the press conference intended to present the government’s vaccination strategy against Covid-19, Thursday, December 3. The latter will be free for all, said the Prime Minister, specifying that the government had provided for this purpose 1.5 billion euros in the Social Security budget for 2021.
Thanks to orders placed at European level, “France will have a potential of 200 million doses, which would enable 100 million people to be vaccinated” – insofar as the vaccine requires, to date, two injections a few weeks apart, added Mr Castex. “It’s more than our needs, but it’s the safety margin that we take. “
The vaccination campaign will be carried out in three stages, depending on the populations. A million people will be vaccinated as a priority in January – that is to say members of the nursing staff and vulnerable populations, in particular in nursing homes. The vaccine strategy will also be presented to Parliament during the month of December, for the sake of “Transparency”.
Six people at the table for end-of-year meals
In addition, the immunologist Alain Fischer has been appointed by the executive to lead the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus in France, also said Mr. Castex. Doctor and doctor in biochemistry, specialist in genetics, immunology and pediatrics, Alain Fischer, who is 71 years old, has spent part of his career at the Necker Hospital – Sick Children, in Paris.
Regarding the end of the year celebrations, the government recommends a gauge of six adults at the table (not counting the children), in order to try not to increase, on this occasion, the circulation of the coronavirus, Jean Castex said Thursday. “We have approached the High Council of Public Health to specify the additional recommendations for caution that it will be highly desirable to respect”, added the Prime Minister, who is awaiting an opinion ” At the beginning of next week “.