No return to “normal” life before fall 2021, according to French government adviser

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                Le public français ne verra probablement pas un retour à une vie post-coronavirus "normale" avant l'automne 2021, a déclaré vendredi le président du Conseil scientifique français, qui conseille le gouvernement sur la pandémie Covid-19, dans une interview vendredi, notant que la vaccination les campagnes prendront du temps.  
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                                    <p>"Les vaccins sont une source d'espoir majeure, mais si vous regardez les capacités de vaccination que nous aurons en France et ailleurs en Europe, nous aurons besoin de temps", a déclaré l'immunologiste et chef du Conseil scientifique Jean-François Delfraissy à BFM TV.

“Vaccine production will be slower than expected two weeks or three weeks ago,” Delfraissy continued. “We won’t face a vaccine shortage but we will have something more spread out over time.

The next six months will continue to be difficult as vaccination campaigns intensify in the first three or four months of 2021. Asked if this means no return to normal life before fall, Delfraissy replied that yes, it was probable.

Delfraissy’s comments came just a day after French President Emmanuel Macron became the last world leader to test positive for the coronavirus. Macron, 42, was tested after “the appearance of the first symptoms” and will self-isolate for seven days in accordance with national regulations, his office at the Élysée Palace said in a statement.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex will self-isolate after contact with Macron, his office said, adding that he had no symptoms and had tested negative. First Lady Brigitte Macron will also be self-isolating but does not show any symptoms.

A wave of contact tracing followed the announcement as Macron had recently been in contact with several other world leaders. He attended an EU summit in Brussels last week and attended a conference in Paris on Monday organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa have all isolated themselves and called off events after their meeting with Macron.

Now is not the time for the French leader, who is trying to manage the pandemic crisis in his own country while keeping a close eye on the Brexit talks and a host of other international issues.

Macron has repeatedly called for caution against the spread of the virus and in public he always wears a face mask covering his mouth and nose.

Earlier this week, France relaxed restrictions on tackling the second wave of the coronavirus, but infection rates remain high.

There is still a nationwide nighttime curfew from 8 p.m. to stop the spread of the virus while restaurants and cafes, as well as theaters and cinemas, remain closed.

More than 59,000 people have died in France since the start of the pandemic.

Despite the precautions, more than 18,000 new cases were recorded on Thursday, the highest daily tally since November 20.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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