The tsunami caused by the new variant of the coronavirus continues in Europe, and in France in particular, about 335,000 new contaminations were identified on Wednesday, which constitutes a new record. Hospital pressure is also intensifying in hospitals, where nearly 4,000 Covid-19 patients are in intensive care.
The situation is no better in the UK, where alerts are increasing. The hospital network is notably facing a staff shortage, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson still refuses to introduce new restrictions. The Italian government has opted for the toughest decision, and vaccination will be mandatory for everyone aged 50 and over from February 15.
In that complex mirror the words of the Head of State spoken in front of the French during an interview for the newspaper Le Parisien they sparked the opposition, generating a wave of comments in the public life of the country. But these statements are far from being an uncontrolled response, and are part of a strategy to corner people still reluctant to receive an anti-COVID injection.
In fact, the first conclusion to this “calculated” warning was given by the head of the health portfolio. The minister, Olivier Véran, announced before the National Assembly that 66,000 new primary vaccines were registered, a day after the controversial statements by the French president.
This is a record from Oct. 1, a jump from 20,000 to 40,000 vaccinations for the first time at the start of the week, ahead of Wednesday’s record. The minister associated this achievement with the pressure that is being exerted on people who decided not to give themselves an anti-covid injection, even when hospitalizations are mostly among those who are not immunized.
The strategy also adds another lock. After three days of heated debates, fueled by controversial sayings by President Macron, ready to “emmerder” (piss off, annoy or annoy) the unvaccinated, the National Assembly approved this Thursday, in first reading, the bill that transforms the health pass a vaccination passport.
Faced with the debauchery of the new variant, in mid-December the Executive presented the text that achieved half a sanction by 214 votes in favor and 93 deputies who voted against. The bill now must be considered by the Senate, with majority official support, early next week, for an entry into force that the government estimates for mid-January.
With this new law, those over 12 years of age must be able to prove their vaccination status to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport. A negative test will no longer be sufficient, except for access to health facilities and services.
The certificate, which all consider a way of establishing the mandatory nature of vaccination, could only be mitigated with a slight tweak. The deputies postponed the need for the vaccination pass for school trips and extracurricular activities from 12 to 16 years.
A calculated presidential message
The interview with Emmanuel Macron he touched on numerous subjects, including the first confirmation of his wishes to renew at the Elysee. However, it was a response that ignited the controversy in the country. “I really want to upset you. And so we will continue to do so, until the end. That is the strategy ”, said the President of the Republic in reference to the attitude they will take against the unvaccinated.
The reaction of the opposition was immediate and coincidental. The entire adversary political arc lashed out at the Head of State, but also because of what is interpreted as a desire to divide the French.
But contrary to what is thought, these statements are anything but improvised. As proof, the interview was reread by several advisers of the Palace of the Elysees who did not modify it.
“There was no discussion about the term,” an advisor to Emmanuel Macron slides according to detail FranceInfo. For the analysts, everything was well calibrated, being part of a precise strategy. For the government advisers, the reactions were as expected. ”We know very well that this is the word that stands out, but it is something that is assumed. It is in the order of political combat ”, defends the same counselor consulted by this French medium.
Closing the options to those reluctant to a vaccine is how the executive hopes to maintain the growing numbers of people with first new injections. With the record threshold of 66,000 first doses on Wednesday, the health minister said that “if we do this for another 70 or 75 days, we would have complete protection of the population against serious forms.”
In addition, Olivier Véran announced in front of the parliamentary chamber the new record of daily contaminations, since this Wednesday the bar of 335,000 cases should be reached, compared to more than 270,000 the day before. “Public Health France will communicate its figure this afternoon, but from memory, today we are at 335,000 contaminations in our country,” said the minister.
Without becoming mandatory, the discourse and the measures could continue to harden. Even, The presidential references are in line with the roadmap for Emmanuel Macron to contest the first magistracy again in April.
The idea, which government advisers quietly describe, is to bet on the silent majority of French, tired of restrictions, and that link the continuity of the pandemic with the denial of some to be immunized.
“We show enough tolerance to dare to speak and say what everyone thinks, without embellishment,” slides a ministerial advisor. The president speaks and says aloud what the French would think in a low voice.
“What the President of the Republic said, I hear it everywhere,” confirmed the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, now waiting for the senators to confirm the transformation of the health pass into a passport that would practically allow the vaccinated to move freely.