Covid-19: France aims to vaccinate entire population by end of August

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The French government will be able to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of August “if all of the vaccines ordered are approved by European and global health authorities”, French Health Minister Olivier Véran said Thursday.

Véran told the TF1 television channel’s evening newscast that he expected “probably 1.3 to 1.4 million” people would be vaccinated against Covid-19 in France by the end of January, or more than the million initially announced.

The minister said the number of people vaccinated in the country would rise to “4 million at the end of February, 9 million in March, 20 million at the end of April, 30 million at the end of May, 43 million at the end of June, 57 million at the end of July, and 70 million, that is to say the entire French population, by the end of August”.

“People aged 75 and over who are impatient to be vaccinated will be before the end of March,” Véran added.

The French government weathered criticism early on for the slow pace of its vaccination campaign roll out.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)


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