Authorities in France plan to start out the Covid-19 vaccination program subsequent Sunday, Well being Minister Olivier Veran mentioned as Europe’s medicines regulator is anticipated to evaluate the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday.
“On Sunday, we’ll begin to vaccinate [people] in France. Probably the most weak amongst us to start with, after medical examination, data and consent,” Veran tweeted on Monday. “A clean begin, conscious of everybody’s security and respectful of our moral commitments.”
The medicines regulator, the European Medicines Company (EMA), is anticipated to announce the outcomes of its evaluation of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday.
If the EMA provides it clearance, the European Fee ought to approve the beginning of vaccination campaigns.
European Union member states plan to start vaccinations from December 27, as officers in Brussels hope to succeed in protection of 70 p.c of the EU’s 450 million inhabitants.
In France, the epidemic scenario is fragile because the virus is circulating and the strain on the well being system stays excessive, Veran mentioned. “The 2nd wave isn’t but behind us,” the minister warned.
PM Jean Castex mentioned on December 16 that the French will likely be provided the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech within the final week of December if EU authorities approve it. The vaccine marketing campaign would then be stepped up in January, he informed parliament. He additionally confirmed that the aged and different extra weak teams will likely be first to obtain the jab.
Authorities plan to vaccinate round a million folks in nursing properties throughout January and February, and to manage jabs to 14-15 million folks between March and June.
Nonetheless, a survey carried out by Ifop in December confirmed the variety of French who say they don’t need the vaccination has risen to 61 p.c, from 46 p.c who mentioned that on the finish of October.
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