“From the beginning of May, we will gradually lift the restrictions, and that means that,” he added
We will also organize the summer season with the professionals to welcome the French, Europeans and Americans. “
– Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with US television, “Face The Nation,” though The daily number of cases is still about 35,000, and there are nearly 5,900 injured in 8,000 beds in the intensive care units, Although their numbers have not increased in recent days.
More than a hundred thousand have died since the epidemic began. Their number increased by 140 in the last 24 hours.
The Head of State considered it important to confirm the preservation of the previously agreed schedule of restrictions, because more and more experts are expressing the opinion that
Despite the expected improvement at the end of the month, restrictions should not be eased for now.
Fearing the Brazilian and South African variants, the government announced another weekend Restrictions imposed on travelers from South American countries and the Republic of South Africa.
However, according to Emmanuel Macron, this is conceivable France can actually welcome American tourists in the summer. He indicated that The health card, which the European Union plans to implement in June, will be recommended to US citizens Or by indicating the vaccine or a negative PCR test.
We are working to find a tangible solution for vaccinated US citizens who can obtain a separate ID
Emmanuel Macron confirmed.
The French president believes that this is a result of the significant improvement in the vaccination situation in Europe and the fact that vaccines produced in European and American factories will now be sufficient to meet European needs.
“We caused the delay, and we will be able to achieve our goals with the currently available vaccines,” the head of state said. France has already started planning another booster vaccination campaign From the following months due to coronavirus variants.
The head of state stated that he was aware of this Some member states of the European Union Bilateral negotiations Began to acquire Sputnik V, from He does not see this as a viable option for France.
“The Russian vaccine has not been recognized by our authorities until now,” he added.
Until the European Medicines Agency recognizes this vaccine, we will not use it in Hungary under any circumstances. “
Emmanuel Macron said. He added: “I do not think that this vaccine is the way to accelerate the vaccination campaign at the present time, as it will take some time to obtain a license from the European Medicines Agency and then produce the vaccine on the continent.”
The French president sees European production of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Valneva, Sanofi and CureVac as the answer to accelerate the vaccination campaign.
According to the French presidency For geopolitical reasons, Paris would like to give preference to European industrialization and its European partners, Among others, the French Vaccine developed by Sanofi, Which It may hit the market in the second half of the year.
According to Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, “China and Russia want to increase their influence through the vaccine” in Europe, and France does not want to “let them go”.
18.7 percent of the French and 22.7 percent of the adult population have received the first dose of the vaccine so far, while 6.7 percent of them, or 8 percent of the adult population, have received the two doses.
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