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Slow start of COVID-19 vaccination in France sparks criticism


PARIS, #Dec 30 (#Reuters) – #France’s slow start to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign compared to its #European neighbors has drawn criticism from some doctors and scientists, although the government has said it plans to speed up the program.

FILE PHOTO: #Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose at #Rene-Muret hospital in #Sevran, outside #Paris, #France, on #December 27, 2020. #Thomas #Samson / #Pool via REUTERS

#France, which is prioritizing the most vulnerable people in nursing homes for the first phase of vaccination, has administered doses to about 140 people so far.

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#That’s well below the figure of 42,000 vaccinated in #Germany, for example, which also began its deployment on #Sunday as part of a coordinated #European campaign.

The #French #Health #Ministry confirmed the number of injections, while authorities have said the slow start was deliberate in order to get familiar with the logistics. #One million people will have been vaccinated in #February and #France will catch up with other nations, the government said.

#But some doctors have criticized the campaign’s excessive caution and bureaucracy, in one of the countries with the highest rate of vaccine skeptics in the world.

#Opinion polls show that less than half the population intends to receive an injection against COVID-19, despite the fact that #France is one of the worst affected countries in #Europe.[ nL1N2JA0MR]

#Doctors have said the government should simplify pre-vaccination consultation procedures.

“#Like many of my colleagues, I think we need to go much faster with this vaccination campaign so that we can control the epidemic more quickly,” #Nathan #Peiffer-Smadja, infectious disease specialist at #Bichat hospital in #Paris, said on #Twitter.

#Alain #Fischer, a pediatrician and immunologist who is organizing #France’s vaccination strategy, pointed to logistical challenges such as transporting the doses to nursing homes and said #France did not want to rush the campaign.

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“#We need to do things right,” #Fischer told #Franceinfo radio on #Wednesday.

#France has 2.57 million cases, the fifth highest total in the world, with 64,078 deaths, in seventh place globally.

#Information from #Sarah #White, #Blandine #Henault and #Benoit #Van #Overstraeten; edited in #Spanish by #Ricardo #Figueroa



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