France will administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to “older and more vulnerable people” Starting in September, President Emmanuel Macron announced this Thursday.
“Yes, a third dose will probably be needed, not for everyone right away, but at least for the elderly and most vulnerable people,” Macron said in a video posted on social media.
Currently in France recommends a third dose only for immunosuppressed people, such as those who received a transplant.
Other European countries, such as Germany, have already announced that they will administer an anticovid booster vaccine to the elderly and vulnerable from September, as well as to those who have not received the immunizer with messenger RNA technology, considered more effective.
Emmanuel Macron announced the application of the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. AP Photo.
France currently faces a fourth wave of coronavirus, mainly due to the delta variant.
To encourage the population to get vaccinated, the authorities imposed a health certificate since July 21 to be able to enter any place of leisure or sports where more than 50 people are concentrated.
This certificate that proves complete vaccination or a negative result in a test carried out in the previous 48 hours, will take effect this month in restaurants and cafes. More than 112,000 people have died in France since the start of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) asked this Wednesday that the application of a third dose is postponed globally of coronavirus vaccines and to consider also delaying the vaccination of healthy adolescents in rich countries so that there are enough vaccines to immunize at least 10% of the population of each country and thus protect those who are most at risk to develop a serious illness and die.
This call comes after the decision of Israel and Germany to offer a booster dose to their population at risk, while the United Kingdom plans to do the same from September, and other rich countries are evaluating the same measure.
“We understand the concern of governments to protect their populations from the Delta variant, but we cannot accept that countries that have already used the majority of vaccine supplies, use even more, while the world’s most vulnerable populations remain without. protection, “said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.