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France steps up vaccine recall campaign and tightens entry rules – .


People line up outside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Nice, France on December 1, 2021. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

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PARIS, December 1 (Reuters) – France is stepping up its COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign and tightening entry rules for arrivals from outside the European Union in response to the spread of the Omicron variant, a government spokesperson said Wednesday.

Gabriel Attal also said flights from countries in southern Africa, where the variant was first detected last week, would remain suspended until Friday. From Saturday, they would resume, but only for travelers returning to their main residences, he said.

The government hopes that eight million people in France will have received a third injection of the vaccine by the end of Wednesday, and 10 million by the end of this week.

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There are around 1,100 active vaccination centers and the government plans to open another 300 in the coming weeks, he added.

Meanwhile, all non-EU arrivals in mainland France, where the Omicron variant has not yet been detected, will now have to justify a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status, Attal added.

Nearly 51 million, or 76% of the French population, received two vaccines.

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Geert De Clercq, written by Tassilo Hummel; edited by John Stonestreet

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