According to him, the chinstrap is no longer necessary because it is “sure that all the people who enter are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative test.”
Said health pass informs if the citizen completed the vaccination schedule, if he is immunized or if he tested negative in a recent PCR test. In this sense, the measure, approved by decree, was published today in the French Official Gazette and comes into force on July 21.
This decision is known the same day that Parliament begins the study of a law that obliges health personnel to be vaccinated and that extends the use of the health pass to more establishments, such as bars and restaurants, which caused contrary demonstrations in the street on Saturday, although a majority continues to support, according to the latest polls.
Epidemiologist Dominique Costagliola said “it’s a bad idea.” And he added: “We must walk with lead feet to combat this pandemic, and not withdraw some measures when new ones arrive.”
“This decision prevents access to these places to 250 thousand severely immunosuppressed people, who have the health pass, vaccinated, but with a high risk and who can only count on everyone wearing a mask to protect themselves,” reacted, for its part, the liver transplant association, Renaloo.
Under the impact of the new Delta variant, more than twice more contagious than the original strain, the French Government is already talking about a “fourth wave”, with a daily average of 8,000 cases in the last seven days, against 1,850 in June.
Véran warned today that in the last 24 hours the infections stood at 18,000, against less than 7,000 a week earlier, and considered that this increase, caused by the Delta variant, is unprecedented. “This means that we have an increase in the circulation of the virus around 150% in a week,” he told the National Assembly.
For the Minister of Health, the country never registered this, neither with the original strain nor with the English variant nor with the South African nor with the Brazilian. “We only have one weapon, vaccination to get rid of Covid once and for all,” he added.