Thierry Breton who heads the European Commission’s special vaccine task force
Tuesday 6 April, in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, queues were forming around the famous Stade de France–but not to see legendary soccer players Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, but to receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine. As reported in Le Monde, two medical students, Majed et Ilyes, shouted out, dites-leur de venir nous voir nous faire vacciner! (tell them to come watch us get vaccinated).
It’s great news for France, at the start of a 4-week school and shop closure, which expects the crest of the third wave of infections to hit by mid-April. Health officials plan to inoculate 10,000 people each week as the country’s vaccination campaign begins to hit its stride.
So whilst many EU countries are fighting a third wave of Covid-19 infection rates and the roll out of vaccination programs got off to a slow start, it is picking up. So much so, that the man charged with the EU vaccination campaign, Thierry Breton, is confident that herd immunity will be achieved by mid-July. Which might be just in time for the summer travel industry.
Breton told Le Parisian that the 450,000 residents across Europe should receive enough doses to get where the continent needs to be by 14 July…