France to launch its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in January

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                La France a déclaré mardi qu'elle se préparait à lancer une campagne nationale de vaccination contre Covid en janvier, alors qu'elle espère que les vaccins contre le virus seront approuvés et disponibles. 
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                                    <p>Le gouvernement craint que des millions de Français refusent les vaccins contre le coronavirus, même après qu'un vaccin a été jugé efficace à près de 95% lundi, apportant l'optimisme dans un monde confronté à une augmentation des infections et à une série de nouvelles commandes au domicile.

US biotech company Moderna said on Monday 94.5% efficacy in a clinical vaccine trial with more than 30,000 participants, after US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech last week said their vaccine was effective. at 90%.

According to the World Health Organization, some 42 “candidate vaccines” are currently in clinical trials.

“We are preparing a vaccination campaign to be ready when a vaccine is approved by European and national health authorities so that we can launch a vaccine immediately,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on France 2 television.

Growing skepticism about vaccines in France, however, could scramble a public health campaign on vaccination.

Only 59% of French people are ready to be vaccinated, according to an Ipsos opinion poll published in September, against 74% worldwide.

“I fear that too few French people are vaccinated,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said this weekend.

France has budgeted 1.5 billion euros ($ 1.77 billion) to buy vaccines in 2021, Attal told France 2 television.

Noting that the European Medicines Agency has said it could be ready to authorize a first vaccine by the end of the year, Attal said France had placed options on “several hundred million” doses. from different pharmaceutical companies.

The final choice will be for the vaccine “which gives us the best chance of containing the pandemic” without presenting “the slightest risk” to health, he said.

The new coronavirus has killed at least 1,319,561 people worldwide since the outbreak of the epidemic in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Monday.

At least 54,493,680 cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide.

In France alone, around 33,500 people are currently hospitalized with Covid, of which nearly 5,000 are in intensive care.

The number of French daily cases has been falling since a new national lockdown was imposed on October 30, but the government has warned it is too early to claim victory.

France has reported just over 45,000 deaths from Covid since the start of the epidemic.

(AFP)

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