The Executive of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, has not stopped receiving criticism for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. In France, several opposition mayors feel ignored by the central government when it comes to putting the vaccination device into practice at the local level, highlighting that Macron has been advised by multinational consulting firms that receive millionaire sums of money, but that the results are not visible.
“With these shortcomings, the Normandy landing would have failed.” Were the statements to the newspaper Dimanche’s Journal of the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo. On January 9, Hidalgo thus compared the discomfort of many opposition mayors in the face of the vaccination strategy of the Executive of Emmanuel Macron.
“Instead of consulting private cabinets like McKinsey to manage logistics and strategy, as the Government has done, it should trust the local authorities,” insisted Hidalgo, a political leader in the French capital.
Indeed, the mayor touches the Achilles heel of the French Government, criticized for having hired – for a daunting sum of 3 million euros, according to You Nouvel Obs- to the American multinational to be in charge of consulting to organize the logistics of mass vaccination against the pathogen.
A strategy that has not been liked at all by local political forces, as shown by their constant public rejections: “This means disqualifying the State agents who are in charge of vaccination. This shows that nothing was planned so far. It is alarming,” he wrote the Secretary General of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, on the social network Twitter.
For his part, the environmental MEP, Yannick Jadot, described the Government as “a mandate adrift” in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which in France already leaves more than 3 million infections and touches 72,000 deaths.
According to a source from the Ministry of Health, the McKinsey and Company cabinet “works with the Ministry on the picture of vaccination strategy.” “This cabinet is linked to the working group of the Ministry of Health and collaborates in the strategy and logistics, but they do not elaborate the strategy alone,” the same source clarifies.
The health authorities also explained that “it is not the first time that the Ministry has turned to a private company seeking support,” as was the case with the “logistics center” that was in charge of delivering “gloves and gowns” to hospitals and staff. Of the health.
Local mayors ask to be integrated into the strategy
Two days after starting the inoculations of the coronavirus vaccine, on December 27, France had inoculated just over 300 people and ranked 24th on the list of countries that had already begun to inject doses to their citizens. . This fact only increased criticism against the McKinsey management appeal, especially from local opponents.
In a statement dated January 4, 2021, the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) “again requests that mayors be associated with the organization of the vaccination campaign.” And he continues: “the State must listen to the proposals that are made to modify its method of organizing the campaign so that it relies on local communities that have appropriate logistical means and that do not cease to offer their help.”
Health personnel are also not satisfied with the vaccination process
“In five days we had to open a computer platform, a telephone platform, inform people, look for nurses, adjust a thousand details such as the heating of the room or the size of the containers,” he explained to the newspaper Le Figaro Dr. Brigitte Tregouet, general practitioner and reference of the vaccination medical center in the town of La Roche-sur-Yon, in the west of the country.
“We knew the vaccines were coming. Why didn’t the Regional Health Agency (ARS) do a simulation of all this three months ago? Why didn’t they prepare a checklist of everything that was needed?” asks the health professional.
In the wealthy commune of Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of the French capital, Mayor Jean-Christophe Fromantin must organize his campaign with 420 weekly doses, when he had planned 1,600, following the recommendations of an official note from the State. “We cannot be held accountable without telling us the truth about the actions. If we get involved without informing ourselves, it could end badly,” Fromantin indignantly points out.
The same complaints are also replicated in Cannes. Mayor David Lisnard, who opened a second vaccine field to immunize 2,000 people per week, but once he had the municipal logistics ready, the National Government’s programming changed at the last minute. “The appointments are already made for the next few weeks, but the rules are changing,” he told the newspaper annoyed. Le Figaro the right-wing mayor, who complains that the supply of vaccines “is decided every day.”
Criticisms that have reached the Elysee but that, according to the French press, “are received with relative indifference.” According to one adviser, the mayors’ complaint is an “exaggeration” and it bothers him to see that electoral concerns take precedence over “the general interest.”