‘Scandal!’ Fury in France at slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccine programme

Just 516 people had received a jab by Sunday, prompting a huge political row over why the rollout was so slow, reports Rory Mulholland in Paris

Monday 04 January 2021 19:02
Virus Outbreak France
Virus Outbreak France

President Emmanuel Macron is under intense pressure to accelerate vaccine-sceptical France’s inoculation campaign, whose tortuously slow start has been denounced as a “fiasco” and “bureaucratic sabotage”.

Only a few thousand French people had received the Covid-19 vaccine by Monday, compared with 200,000 in Germany, after an EU-wide programme kicked off a week ago.

“This is the biggest fiasco we have ever seen in the health field,” said epidemiologist and public health expert Martin Blachier. “A logistics fiasco and a communication fiasco,” he told LCI news channel, adding that he suspected the government had caved in to the general practitioners’ lobby.

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