Faced with Omicron, Emmanuel Macron clings to his vaccine strategy

As in 2020, Emmanuel Macron’s wishes, on December 31, will be pronounced by the burning fire of the Covid-19 epidemic. The head of state did not expect, a year ago, to go around in circles like this. This last traditional address of the five-year term should, in theory, mark the break between the stage of valuing its balance sheet – with the culmination of a long interview on TF1 and LCI – and that of projection towards the presidential election of 10 and April 24, 2022. Weary, the emergence of the Omicron variant forces him to stand still. As in One endless day, Mr. Macron, in a message posted on social networks, Thursday, December 23, once again called on the French to be tested before the Christmas reunion.

By the end of the month, France “Will very likely exceed 100,000 contaminations per day”, warned, Wednesday, on BFM-TV, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. A record. ” The situation is critical “, added, the same day, the spokesperson of the government, Gabriel Attal, at the end of the council of ministers. And this even if the doubts about the dangerousness of this new variant do not yet allow to anticipate the extent of the wave which will affect the hospital. The only certainty: this configuration places Emmanuel Macron at the center of the game, once again, less than four months from the main electoral meeting of the country.

Monday, December 27, an extraordinary council of ministers is to meet at the Elysee Palace. The opportunity to examine the bill aimed at transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass, which the executive hopes will be adopted by Parliament no later than mid-January. According to a version of the text that The world was able to consult, this vaccination pass should be claimed “For access to leisure activities, restaurants and drinking establishments, fairs, seminars and trade shows or even interregional transport”.

The “not privileged” curfew

Beyond this bill, Monday’s meeting should make it possible to “Reassess the health situation” the day after the Christmas holidays, Mr. Attal anticipated. And to decide on possible new restrictions, after the closing of the discotheques or the prohibition of ceremonies of vows.

For now, the government is clinging to its vaccine strategy. The ambition is to administer a booster as quickly as possible to all adults (20.5 million people received this third dose), to get the more than five million recalcitrant vaccinated, but also to encourage parents to have their children injected with the serum (5-11 year olds have had access to it since Wednesday). Indeed, the latter strongly contribute to the circulation of the virus. “Today, one in a hundred children is positive for Covid”, underlined Mr. Véran. The latter took the opportunity to recall that severe forms of the disease occur more often in unvaccinated people, who represent “A small majority” patients admitted to intensive care.

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Faced with Omicron, Emmanuel Macron clings to his vaccine strategy