France should consider mandatory vaccines for population, warns health body

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Vials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)
Vials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

France should consider making vaccines mandatory to help the government act faster in case the virus pandemic gets worse, the country’s health authority has said.

New infections per day in France are up to about 5,000 a day while the UK recorded 50,000 daily covid cases on Friday.

Daily cases in France fell from more than 42,000 per day in mid-April to less than 2,000 per day in late June.

But now French officials have been in crunch talks over whether or not the country should make vaccine uptake mandatory to combat any future problems.

France’s HAS health authority said in a statement to Reuters that discussions should now focus on widening mandatory vaccination beyond the current government draft law.

“The dynamic of the epidemic now calls for a massive increase in vaccine coverage... notable for the most vulnerable people,” HAS added.

France has seen a surge in vaccinations this week after President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that from July 21 people will have to provide proof of vaccination, immunity or a recent negative test in order to gain entry to public places such as trains, cinemas and restaurants.

Thousands of people in Paris demonstrated against Macron’s plan for a health pass.

It comes amid rumours France could be moved to the UK’s red list.

Apparently the measure was discussed at a meeting as part of a review into international travel, a source told The Telegraph.

France has much higher levels of the variant than other countries in Europe.

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