Macron gloats about France’s vaccination drive – uses chart to brag about ‘clear strategy’

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Emmanuel Macron praised the French vaccination programme as “efficient” despite vaccine hesitancy growing in the neighbouring country and arguments over supply continuing. The French President admitted there had been some “delays” but said France would “accelerate” its programme in the coming months to make the continent not reliant on external manufacturers. Mr Macron explained deaths of over-80s have dramatically fallen in the country despite ongoing rows between EU member states and the UK over vaccine supply contracts. 

Speaking to the nation during a public broadcast. Mr Macron said: “I know to what extent the efforts that I’m asking of you are difficult. 

“And I also know what kind of consequences they can have as far as our country’s concerned and our lives. 

“You must also know that we have done our utmost in order to make these decisions as late as possible and at a moment when they were absolutely necessary. 

“I would also like to tell you this evening thanks to vaccination we finally can see that we’re going to be getting out of this crisis. 

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“Because it’s true at this hour there are more than eight and a half million people who have had a first injection and three million will have received two – the vaccine is efficient. 

“The truth of efficiency is in the figures and you can see them on your screen. 

“These figures, and especially as far as death of our citizens who are more than 80 years old, the mortality has gone down enormously.

“In fact, we’ve been seeing what’s happening [to people living in old age care homes] that 80 percent have been vaccinated and most of them have been able to have a normal life. 

“And so what’s at stake today is to accelerate this mobilisation and the Government has to mobilise – all of us have to – and all the carers as well, to have a clear strategy.”

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Emmanuel Macron then went on to say that France should “accelerate” its purchases of vaccines and produce more in the country and in Europe. 

The push – appeared to be a thinly-veiled jab at the UK – he said would allow Europe to be “independent” and not rely on other manufacturers to supply the continent.

Mr Macron then added the vaccine programme had worked for those who are most vulnerable in the country. 

But critics have blasted the French president for fueling vaccine hesitancy sentiments across Europe for doubting the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Some EU member-states also disagree with Mr Macron’s hardline stance on vaccine export bans despite millions of doses sitting unused in storage across Europe. 

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Mr Macron criticised the AstraZeneca jab as being “quasi-ineffective” for those aged over 65, something the head of state has now U-turned on. 

However, France paused the rollout of the AZ jab over fears it caused fatal blood clots which have been disputed by the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency. 

A recent YouGov poll revealed 61 percent of French respondents believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is unsafe compared to only 9 percent of Brits thinking the same.

France has now been placed into another national lockdown as cases surged more than 50 percent in a fortnight. 

ICU wards in France are also reaching capacity with Paris hospitals forced to transfer patients to other facilities. 

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