The Minister of Health Olivier Véran qualified, Tuesday, November 17, “announcement effect” the decision of President LR of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez to propose a massive campaign of free tests to the eight million inhabitants of its territory before Christmas.
Neither the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) nor the prefect “have not been informed, nor (made) aware”, affirmed Olivier Véran on BFMTV. “What is important is not to test people, it is to be sure that once [qu’ils sont] tested, we are able to shelter them to avoid contamination “.
In a message sent Tuesday, November 17 to AFP, Laurent Wauquiez estimated “that a minister is not there to make controversy but should rather try to work with everyone”.
“I remember that when we launched the mask campaign, Olivier Véran told us that wearing a mask was useless and that he did not recommend it. We had made progress, we had tried to ‘buy the masks, produce them and bring them to everyone. We have to add forces “, he urged.
Monday, November 16, in an interview with several local newspapers, Laurent Wauquiez had judged the current screening campaigns “not important enough” and announced a “huge logistics operation” screening scheduled between December 16 and 23 in his region, specifying that a first order of two million tests had been placed. He then said that the LRA had been informed of the operation.