The city of Nice on the French Riviera will ban gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces and force bars to close early after Marseille and Bordeaux introduced similar measures on Monday.
Paris, where the virus has also circulated faster than elsewhere, has not banned gatherings of more than 10 people but the police headquarters said on Friday it strongly advised against private gatherings greater than that number.
The World Health Organization has said more than 170 countries have joined its global plan to distribute vaccines equitably around the world, but warned that a race to develop vaccines could raise public fears about safety.
Trials of a vaccine in Britain were suspended earlier this month following illness in one participant, while Russia rejected criticism from Western experts warning against early use of its vaccine candidate.
“We are already facing challenges with vaccine acceptance for many proven vaccines,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in pre-recorded comments as he spoke of the drive to expand rapidly vaccines.
“We cannot risk having an effective vaccine against COVID-19 that people refuse because of the perception that it is dangerous. ”
Ahead of the deadline to enter his COVAX vaccine facility, Tedros said the more than 170 countries that have joined “get guaranteed access to the world’s largest portfolio of vaccine candidates.”
WHO had previously stated that 92 low-income countries were requesting assistance through the program, and some 80 higher-income countries had expressed interest, but some had yet to confirm their intention before the deadline.
WHO and the GAVI Vaccine Alliance are leading the COVAX program, which aims to purchase and deliver 2 billion doses of approved vaccines by the end of 2021.
But some countries that have secured their own supplies through bilateral agreements, including the United States, have said they will not join COVAX.
“The first vaccine to be approved may not be the best,” Tedros added during a webinar hosted by the National University of Singapore. “The more shots we have on goal, the better the chances of having a very safe and very effective vaccine. ”