HEALTH CRISIS – The beginnings of the vaccination campaign in France are the subject of a deluge of criticism because of its supposed slowness. However, criticism of the strategy adopted by the authorities goes far beyond our borders.
Accused of slowness, the French government has for several days been facing a wave of criticism unprecedented since the start of the health crisis. Doctors, local elected officials and the parliamentary opposition denounce the conditions under which the country’s health authorities organized the first phase of vaccination against Covid-19, centered on residents of Ehpad and their caregivers.
If, to date, France is far behind some European neighbors in terms of vaccination, such as Germany, the United Kingdom or Italy, a detour by the foreign press shows that other governments are struggling to escape criticism. on their respective strategies.
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The United Kingdom, a pilot country, but subject to controversy
British health authorities, faced with a virulent epidemic, validated the vaccination campaign at the beginning of December, taking a long lead over European neighbors. Heavily criticized for his management of the health crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has worked hard, to the point that the country is preparing, well before the others, to distribute the vaccine from a second laboratory, AstraZeneca, in addition to that of Pfizer-#Bio#Ntech. The country is close to one million vaccinations, when France still officially caps at a few thousand vaccinations, according to Olivier Véran’s words on Monday.
This proactive strategy does not prevent controversy. Among these, one particularly agitates the medical world: the choice of the British government to postpone from 3 to 12 weeks the time of administration of the second dose of vaccine in order to allow as many people as possible to quickly receive the first. . An option which would considerably reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, and which pushed the authorities to justify themselves. “Every time we vaccinate someone a second time, we are not vaccinating another person for the first time”, explained infectious disease specialist Jonathan Van-#Tam, head of the country’s health services. “This means that we are missing the opportunity to dramatically reduce the risk of the most vulnerable people becoming seriously ill.”
In Germany, the fear of shortages
Were our German neighbors too optimistic in the first phase of vaccination? In this country which already has nearly 240,000 vaccinations, the controversy is less about the deployment of this strategy than on the alleged lack of anticipation of the authorities. Chancellor Angela Merkel, and through her the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, are accused of having ordered too small a quantity of vaccines at European level, raising fears of a risk of vaccine shortage that would stop the dynamic current, i.e. 4 million doses by the end of January, and 12 million by the end of March. In the country, voices were raised in particular to ask the government to negotiate directly with the laboratories for additional stocks.
A “vaccine disaster”, thus headlined Monday the popular daily picture on its website, publishing a letter from Angela Merkel and Ursula Von der Leyen asking the German Minister of Health to hand over the vaccination mandate to the European Union, the EU partners having chosen to pool the orders .
Several countries accused of slowness, such as France
The slow trial brought to France in this first phase of vaccination is not a French particularity. From December, the United States was in the grip of the same type of controversy. The Trump administration has been accused of underestimating the needs, given the stated goals. The world’s leading power, which has more than 350,000 dead from the coronavirus, has only vaccinated 4.2 million people to date, while Donald Trump was betting on 20 million people vaccinated before the end of 2020. “Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines lags behind”, lambasted President-elect Joe Biden. “If it continues to progress like this, it will take years, not months, to immunize the American people.”
In Spain, after the chaotic beginnings of vaccine supply, criticism is leveling out against the federal government. The authorities in Madrid blamed him on Monday for the slowness in the vaccination campaign in this city, says The country, asking the country’s authorities to make their strategy known.
In Italy, where nearly 115,000 people have already been vaccinated, the executive is also accused of being slow. Secretary of State for Health Sandra Zampa herself admitted that it would be necessary to accelerate, in an interview with Corriere Della Serra, recalling the goal of vaccinating 10 to 13 million people by April and ensuring that “all available doses” were used.
Outside Europe, we can also cite the case of Brazil, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic. President Jair Bolsonaro has been the target of particularly virulent criticism there, the daily Stay having, for example, described his vaccination plan as witnessing a “deadly incompetence”. In this country, the Supreme Court has forced the government to present this plan in order to immunize the 14 million most vulnerable Brazilians, before reaching 70% of the country’s population. But, according to the criticisms formulated, this plan would not sufficiently detail the means to achieve it.
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