On Tuesday April 6, in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, queues formed around the famous Stade de France – but not to see legendary footballers Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, but to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine . As stated in The World, two medical students, Majed and Ilyes, shouted, tell them to come and see us get vaccinated! (tell them to come see us to get vaccinated).
This is great news for France, at the start of a 4-week school and store closure, which expects the peak of the third wave of infections to strike by mid-April . Health officials plan to vaccinate 10,000 people every week as the country’s immunization campaign begins in full swing.
So, as many EU countries struggle with a third wave of Covid-19 infection rates and the roll-out of vaccination programs has started slowly, it is resuming. So much so that the man in charge of the EU vaccination campaign, Thierry Breton, is convinced that herd immunity will be achieved by mid-July. Which could be just in time for the summer travel industry.
Breton said The Parisian that the 450,000 people across Europe should receive enough doses to get to where the continent needs to be by July 14. “Fourteen million doses were delivered to the EU in January, 28 million in February and 60 million in March. For the next quarter, we will increase to 100 million in April, May and June. Then 120 million in summer, and we will reach a rate of 200 million from September, ”he said, as translated into Local.
On March 31, the World Health Organization criticized the vaccine rollout in the EU and called it “too slow”, suggesting it was prolonging the pandemic. Breton, however, put the blame squarely on the AstraZeneca lab, saying the EU had not received the vaccines it had ordered. “If we had received 100% of the AstraZeneca vaccines that were contractually owed to us, today the EU would be at the same level as the UK in terms of vaccination,” said Breton. “I can confirm that this hole is entirely due to AstraZeneca delivery failures.”
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