CORONAVIRUS – Official figures are generally delivered on D + 1, but Emmanuel Macron announced it in preview this Friday evening in a video posted on social networks. This Friday, September 17, the symbolic milestone of 50 million French people having received at least a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 was crossed.
“The vaccine saves lives, the virus kills, it’s simple,” says the Head of State at the end of this video, which includes images of the entire vaccination campaign that began at the end of December 2020. The threshold of 50 million was reached 17 days behind the end-August target set by the government in July. But it represents, for the executive, a victory since nearly 3/4 of the population is now at least first-vaccinated.
In this race against the pandemic, the story of the hare and the tortoise is not a French fable for nothing. While France was widely criticized in early 2021 for its vaccination campaign launched late and very slowly, France is now at the top of the podium of the most vaccinated countries, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
It is in the European top 10 or even in the top 3 of the 30 most populous countries. She doubled, like most of her neighbors, the American hare and even managed to overtake the good students at the start of the year, Israel and the United Kingdom.
After a sluggish start, because of dose problems but also by the choice to give priority to vaccinating people in nursing homes and the very elderly, vaccine injections grew steadily until the end of June when, as in many countries, stagnation made itself felt.
But the implementation of the health pass has given a boost to the vaccination campaign for more than a month, propelling France to the top of the list of the most vaccinated countries. This retraces, in the form of a graphic race, the 9 months of the vaccine campaign in the world and its many twists and turns.
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