France could start vaccinations against Covid-19 the last week of December, according to the Prime Minister

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                Les Français pourraient commencer à recevoir le vaccin Covid-19 développé par Pfizer / BioNTech dans la dernière semaine de décembre si les autorités de l'Union européenne l'approuvaient la semaine prochaine, a déclaré mercredi le Premier ministre français Jean Castex.
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                                    <p>Castex a déclaré au Parlement que la campagne de vaccination en France serait ensuite intensifiée en janvier, les personnes âgées et les autres groupes plus vulnérables venant en premier dans la file d'attente.

France has already pre-ordered 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Castex added.

The government hopes to beat around one million people in nursing homes in January and February, and then another 14-15 million in the broader population between March and June.

France is waiting for the EU regulatory agency to approve a vaccine. The European Medicines Agency has proposed a meeting on the issue for December 21 from December 29.

“It is likely that the first Europeans will be vaccinated before the end of 2020,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Like many other European countries, France has battled a resurgence of the pandemic in recent weeks, despite a month-long lockdown that ended on Tuesday.

The number of new daily cases was not lower than the official target of 5,000. Therefore, the government opted for less relaxation of the restrictive measures than initially planned.

Health authorities reported 11,532 new Covid-19 infections in the previous 24 hours on Tuesday, up from 3,063 on Monday but largely stable from 11,533 on Sunday.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)

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