Speaking to French television channel BFM, immunologist and government advisor Jean-François Delfraissy said: “Vaccines are a major source of hope, but if you look at the vaccination capacities that we will have in France and elsewhere in Europe, it will take time.
“Vaccine production will be slower than expected two weeks or three weeks ago. We will not face a vaccine shortage, but we will have something more spread out over time. ”
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Mr Delfraissy’s assessment is another stark reminder of the way forward before the company recovers from the pandemic, having also apparently been reaffirmed in the UK on Thursday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s last chairman. extension of the leave scheme – this time until April.
Unlike the UK, people in France and the rest of Europe have yet to start getting vaccinated COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
The countries of the continent could start to Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine during the last week of December, if the European Medicines Agency approves it.
In the UK, vaccinations are already being rolled out – but the country still has a long way to go before it returns to an era before the virus and frustration is growing in regions now. live under the most severe restrictions.
Mr Sunak’s announcement that the holiday program will be extended by one month until the end of April shows that more disruptions could be on the horizon.
The Chancellor also extended the business loan program from the end of January to the end of March.
And while the hopes of openness were raised by the approval of vaccines for use in the UK, there was a grim warning from the National Audit Office about how many people will get the shot next year.
Le NAO estimate that less than half UK will be vaccinated in 2021, with most of the population expected to wait until 2022.
This comes as other parts of Europe revert to lockdowns, with Germany already in the process of closing and Austria announcing new similar measures to enter into force after Christmas.
And the Swedish king said his country’s handling of the virus had “failed.”
France recorded more coronavirus cases than any other European country with more than 2.4 million, according to figures tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
Among the confirmed infections are President Emmanuel Macron, who tested positive on Thursday.
The number of people who have died from the virus in France is 59,733.
Mr Macron has imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until mid-January, outside of Christmas Eve, and museums, theaters and cinemas will be closed at least until next month, as will restaurants, bars and cafes.
A maximum of six adults and any number of children are allowed in the homes.
French ski resorts will remain closed and may reopen in January “under favorable conditions”.