Above all, do not miss the walk. After the fiasco of the lack of masks during the first wave of Covid-19, then the difficulties in applying an effective testing strategy to avoid the second, the executive finds itself at the foot of a new Everest: launching a large vaccination campaign and, at the same time, to drive a new deconfinement of the country. All while avoiding the occurrence of a third wave.
While several pharmaceutical companies evoke the imminent arrival on the market of a vaccine and that the epidemic appears again under “Control”, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, Emmanuel Macron wants to take advantage of this breach to draw a glimmer of hope in the endless day of the health crisis.
The President of the Republic is due to speak next week, ahead of the 1is December, the deadline for confinement, to discuss the stages of the coming months. “Work is underway on the evolution of the rules in the weeks and months to come with one objective: to provide us with an organization and a framework allowing the French to live as normally as possible, while keeping the epidemic under control “, explains government spokesperson Gabriel Attal.
The latter has already mentioned, Tuesday, November 17, the possibility of starting the vaccination campaign “From the month of January ». The executive “Is getting into the starting blocks to be ready to distribute a vaccine against Covid-19”, assured Mr. Attal on France 2, specifying that France has budgeted for this 1.5 billion euros for 2021.
30 million pre-ordered doses
The Minister of Health, for his part, confirmed the ambition of “Start vaccination at the beginning of 2021” – “Whether the vaccine is effective and safe”, he said – and mentioned a pre-order of 30 million doses from the American laboratory Pfizer as part of coordination with the Member States of the European Union. The European Medicines Agency must validate a first vaccine by the end of the year.
Friday, November 13, Mr. Macron brought together at the Elysée several members of the government – including Olivier Véran, the Minister for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, and the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune – to define the strategy and organization of this future vaccination campaign. The director general of health, Jérôme Salomon, and members of the scientific council also attended this meeting. A “Interministerial task force”, according to a relative of Mr. Macron, is called to pilot this campaign in the coming weeks in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
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