| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

France reports 40 million inoculated with at least one COVID-19 shot

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday the number of people in France who have received at least one dose against COVID-19 has crossed the 40-million mark.

Almost 60 percent of the population are now partly or fully inoculated, after four million people received vaccines over the past two weeks, Macron tweeted during an official visit in French Polynesia.

“All together, we will beat the virus. We will carry on,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after France’s parliament voted to make vaccine passports a key part of daily life in the battle against COVID-19.

Macron last week requested the health pass — proof of full vaccination or a negative test — obligatory for visits to venues such as cinemas or nightclubs.

His government has made vaccinations the top weapon against COVID-19 as new variants emerge, essentially asking people to become vaccinated if they want to continue daily routines.

Vaccine passports have encountered fierce opposition from some, who believe they erode civil liberties. At weekend protests against the rules, over 160,000 people rallied and dozens were arrested.

France recorded almost 23,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, twice as many as the previous week, as the Delta variant caused a surge.

But the number of intensive care cases has dropped dramatically from its peak in April, with the government crediting the improvement to the accelerating vaccination rollout.

  • AFP