France chooses 3rd shot, not lockdown, to fight new wave

France has launched a plan to provide booster shots to all adults and opt out of a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying increase in infections in the country

PARIS – France on Thursday launched a plan to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults as it opted for a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying rise in infections in the country.

Veran also put forward a series of measures considered to tighten the use of masks in public areas, saying that the country’s COVID passport, which is required in many indoor places across the country, will become invalid if a person has not received a booster shots within seven months of another dose.

He said there are currently ten times more unvaccinated people hospitalized because of the virus than vaccinated people, adding that without the vaccine, the country would already be in a lockdown situation.

More than 89% of French adults are vaccinated, but the most vulnerable received a vaccine early in the year, and therefore immunity is thought to decline. Even children under the age of 12 have not yet had access to vaccines in France, although that may change after the European Medicines Agency on Thursday approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds.

As a sign of resurgent concerns about France’s virus situation, Morocco is suspending all flights to and from France from Friday, until further notice.

A government committee overseeing travel amid the pandemic on Thursday made the decision “to protect Morocco’s performance in dealing with the pandemic,” according to the state news agency MAP. The two countries have close economic and cultural ties.

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