In just a few days, since the launch of the vaccination against Covid-19, Sunday, December 28, the political atmosphere has turned sour around this only hope of exiting the health crisis. Removed, doubts about the reliability of messenger RNA serum; oppositions from the right, the left and the center now blame the government for its slowness, on the basis of international comparisons showing the delay taken by France compared to its neighbors.
“Germany has already more than 42,000 vaccinated, the United Kingdom has 900,000 and France less than 200! After the masks, the tests and the isolation, another failure would be terrible. I ask the government to make public the vaccination schedule for nursing homes [ établissements d’hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes ] by department “, exclaimed Wednesday, December 30 the leader of senators Les Républicains (LR), Bruno Retailleau in a tweet.
Tuesday evening, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, provided a new element of the vaccination schedule, announcing the availability of the vaccine for caregivers over 50 years old by the end of January. But a precise and quantified framework is slow to emerge. “Faced with the rising controversy, I ask you to add to the health data presented during the daily update, the number of vaccinations carried out each day”, asked Tuesday the leader of the socialist deputies, Valérie Rabault. It further calls on the government to ” give the example “, “For example with the vaccination of the oldest ministers”.
At the local level, more than 200 mayors, led by the various right-wing councilor of Poissy (Yvelines), Karl Olive, affirm, in a forum relayed by Le Figaro, their wish to be vaccinated in public to set an example at the most quickly. A way to boost a vaccine campaign in its infancy with nursing home residents. “This would also cut short the widespread idea that seniors in nursing homes are taken for guinea pigs. That we would have to test them for side effects first, and then we would advise! What a shame. Let’s cut this short and go further and more quickly in our republican and sanitary approach ”, they write.
There is little but Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice, to congratulate the government on its management: “The Minister of Health was totally listening to us”, he estimated Wednesday on France Inter, the city having obtained, in addition to an early curfew, the launch of an early vaccination campaign in its nursing homes. The Grand-Est should follow, from Monday, without however the vaccination running at full speed. In Matignon, we warn that “The real ramp-up is from mid-January”.
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