The vaccination campaign will cost at least 4.3 billion euros

Presented in the PLFSS for 2021, this sum covers “the purchase of vaccines, the vaccination campaign, the tests”, specified the Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, Olivier Dussopt.

France will put all the necessary means on the table to face the health and economic crisis, hammered this Thursday morning the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt. Invited on Sud Radio, the right-hand man of Bruno Le Maire notably recalled that “the purchase of vaccines, the vaccination campaign, the tests (which are all free)Will cost the state at least 4.3 billion euros.

This amount had been recorded in the social security financing bill for 2021, but it could be increased in the future if it proves insufficient. It is, for the moment, impossible to know if it will have to be reinforced, noted Olivier Dussopt. This amount notably includes 1.5 to 2 billion euros for the purchase of vaccines alone. “Vaccination remains the best investment“And justifies this cost, pleaded the minister.

In addition, Bercy watches “how to improve the solidarity fund system», Explained Olivier Dussopt. Expensive, the latter makes it possible to bring fresh air to companies suffering from the crisis. It symbolizes the “willingness to respond no matter what and for as long as it takesTo the effects of the epidemic, according to the minister. Announcements are expected this Thursday evening by professionals, on the occasion of Jean Castex’s press conference, at 6 p.m.

Once the crisis is over, however, this aid must be disconnected: “the level of spending cannot be eternal“, Justified the minister. But the debt generated by the Covid will not be paid by an increase in taxes: this solution, favored after the shocks of 2008 and 2012, is not the right one, because it “slowed down growth” in the past. Instead, the executive is counting on a rapid return to growth to put the public accounts back on track.

The situation is returning to normal at the Franco-British border

Asked about the consequences of Brexit, the minister explained that “things are going well»At the Franco-British border. “We gradually find the level of traffic before»: While traffic had peaked at 1,500 trucks per day so far, 4,000 trucks crossed the border on Wednesday, a figure close to 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles counted every day in normal times.

«One in five trucksCrossing the border is subject to extensive control, whether it is document control or cargo control, he added. But, overall, the customs services were ready to manage Brexit, greeted the minister.

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