Madrid Desk, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Coronavirus vaccines were being rolled out across the European Union, although some countries are facing criticism that the distribution and administration of the jabs is taking too long.
French President, Emmanuel Macron, will lead a special government meeting on Monday to assess delays in the coronavirus vaccination campaign and how to speed up the roll out.
France had vaccinated just 516 people as of 1 January, even though 560,000 doses are available in the country.
The head of France’s High Health Authority, Dominique Le Guludec, acknowledged Monday in a televised statement that the campaign in France has started slowly, but insisted the aim is to vaccinate the elderly and those with health concerns without putting them at risk.
“We all want this pandemic to end, and I understand completely the impatience,” Le Guludec told BFMTV.
“You have to keep calm and prioritise, because if you vaccinate a lot of people but not the right ones, it will take months to reduce hospitalisations and deaths,” she said.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran also held a discussion on Sunday afternoon with the regional heads of the National Health Agency to prepare for the acceleration of the vaccination campaign, especially across nursing homes.
Germany is considering delaying their coronavirus vaccine rollout to be able to reach more people with the limited doses available, “Der Spiegel” magazine reported on Monday.