At least one dose of the vaccine coronavirus have received 40,000,000 citizens in France, as the French president wrote today on Twitter Emanuel Macron.
That number accounts for almost 60% of the population, with four million of these vaccinations taking place in the last two weeks.
“Together we will defeat the virus. We will continue, “Macron wrote on Twitter during his official visit to French Polynesia.
The announcement came a day after the French parliament passed a controversial bill to tackle the pandemic, which provides for mandatory vaccination for certain professions and makes access to cultural and recreational areas, as well as travel, a new “health pass” – a certificate of vaccination or a diagnostic test.
Macron announced on July 12 the implementation of the health package in order to deal with the fourth wave of the pandemic, which was triggered mainly by the spread of the highly contagious Delta executives.
The Macron government has made vaccinations the number one weapon in tackling the pandemic as new variants of the coronavirus emerge, effectively asking citizens to get vaccinated if they want to continue their daily routine without hindrance.
Vaccination certificates have met with strong reactions from groups of citizens who believe they are violating their civil liberties, according to the Athens News Agency.
Over the weekend, more than 160,000 people protested against the measures and dozens were arrested.
On Saturday the France recorded almost 23,000 new cases of coronavirus, twice as many as a week earlier, mainly due to the Delta variant.
But the number of ICU patients has dropped dramatically since its peak in April, and the government is crediting this to speeding up the vaccination rate.