The Secretary of State for European Affairs has indicated that France will not recognize the protection granted by Russian or Chinese vaccines. Tourists from these countries wishing to enter France will have to perform PCR tests.
Asked on May 31 on France Info, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, indicated that “France will not recognize as protected, as vaccinated, a person who is not vaccinated with one of the authorized vaccines. by the European Medicines Agency ”.
“In the European legislative text, it is provided that all vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency […] are obviously recognized [et] that a country can add a vaccine, for example, Russian or Chinese, which would not be recognized by the European health authorities to authorize entry into its territory. I say it very clearly: this is not the choice we are making in France, ”he declared.
To date, four vaccines have received marketing authorization in the European Union, vaccines developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson following positive assessment by the Agency European Medicines. Individuals who are vaccinated with other vaccines such as those produced by Russian or Chinese laboratories are therefore not considered vaccinated by the European Union and France.
91% efficiency for Russian vaccine Sputnik, about 79% for Chinese vaccine from Sinopharm
Individuals vaccinated with a Russian or Chinese vaccine who wish to enter France will still have to perform PCR tests. The Secretary of State also specified that “for non-European tourists […] we are still discussing, we are in the process of drawing up a common list between European countries of “green” countries like the United States, like others […] there will be a few non-European countries whose tourists will also be able to enter the national territory ”.
The “health pass” to come into force on June 9 will be necessary for “permitted” travel and for large gatherings, the Secretary of State explained on France Info. A QR code “will allow throughout Europe, from July 1, to circulate” showing that the individual has either a negative test, or a complete vaccination, or that he has had Covid-19 and that it is still protected.
According to the medical journal The Lancet, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is one of the most effective in the world with an effectiveness of 91.6% against symptomatic forms of Covid-19. According to the BBC, which refers to the WHO (World Health Organization), the Chinese vaccine produced by the state company Sinopharm would be less effective with 79% effectiveness for symptomatic cases.