President Emmanuel Macron has announced that French people over the age of 65 will need Covid-19 amplifiers if they want to eat out or take long-distance journeys from next month, in a move that suggests all adults will eventually need a third injection against the virus . they want to continue to live normally.
In a half-hour televised speech to the country – his ninth since the start of the pandemic last year – Macron said the country should accelerate the deployment of boosters, injections currently available only to the vulnerable and those over 65, but whose adoption by those eligible was slow.
Anyone vaccinated more than six months in advance will need a boost from December 15 to validate the “health pass” on cell phones needed to get into pubs, cafes and other public places, as well as to board flights. . The booster deployment will meanwhile be expanded to include those older than 50s.
France has one of the strictest regimes because he persuaded his citizens to adopt the vaccine, and fully covered more than 50 million people, or 87 percent of those over 12 years of age. Vaccinations are mandatory for health professionals.
“Get vaccinated,” Macron encouraged the 6 million French who have so far refused even one dose, noting that the vaccinated are 11 times more likely than those vaccinated to require intensive care in hospital for Covid-19. “Get vaccinated to live a normal life. . . To be free in a nation like France also means to be responsible. “
Macron, who is expected to stand for re-election to the presidency in April next year, also boasted of his administration’s economic record and its programs to protect businesses and employees from the effects of the pandemic. The size of France’s economy has returned to its pre-pandemic level and unemployment is at its lowest in almost 15 years.
“Our economy is creating jobs like never before,” he said. “For the past four years, work has been better rewarded.”
Macron defended that stricter conditions for unemployment benefits be introduced and stated that he would continue with next year controversial reforms to France’s expensive, complicated and unequal pension systems. He did not hesitate to insist that this would mean raising the retirement age. “Work is our compass,” he said. “It is through work that we can preserve our social model.”
He also implicitly criticized political opponents from the right who came out against wind farms and those from the ecological left who construction of more nuclear power stations. “For the first time in decades, we will reload the construction of nuclear reactors in our country and continue to develop renewable energy,” Macron said.