Macron addresses anti-vaccine community on social media

Paris, Aug 2 (EFE).- French President Emmanuel Macron briefly interrupted his vacation on Monday to address the anti-vaccine community in a video on social media.

Dressed in a casual t-shirt, Macron posted a selfie video on Instagram and TikTok, apps widely used by the younger generation, where he offered to answer any questions people may have over the vaccine.

“I know that many of you have questions, fears, we hear false information, false rumors, sometimes nonsense,” Macron said.

“So I have decided to answer your questions directly and I will try and be as clear and direct as possible,” he added.

The video received over 129,000 likes on Instagram and some 11,000 comments, including questions on whether a third dose of the vaccine will be necessary, why people should trust the vaccine and if it can have long-term side effects.

The move comes after a wave of anti-vaccine protests erupted across France.

On Saturday, over 200,000 people demonstrated across the country against the mandatory vaccination of health workers and the Covid-19 health passport, which if approved will be required to access most public spaces.

Over 42 million people in France have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than 35 million are fully vaccinated.

The number of daily infections in France is around 25,000 and the positivity rate from tests exceeds 4%. EFE


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