Covid-19 vaccination: where is France located?


INFOGRAPHIC – Fifteen million people worldwide received a first injection of anti-Covid 19 vaccine around the world. France is lagging far behind, forcing the government to review its strategy.

The controversy remains sharp over the slowness of the vaccination campaign in France, where the start of the school year and the return of the holidays, coupled with the threat of new, more contagious variants of Covid-19, raise fears of a rebound in the epidemic.

With at least 45,000 people vaccinated on January 7, according to the Ministry of Health, the government is accused of having implemented a strategy that is too slow and too cautious compared to some of its European neighbors. With the exception of the Netherlands, which started vaccinating only from January 6, France is at the bottom of the table behind Bulgaria, Finland, Luxembourg and Latvia.

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Invited this week on RTL, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran has promised to amplify his vaccine strategy against Covid-19. “The cruising speed of vaccination in France will join that of our neighbors in the coming days”, he assured. And to add: “We exceeded 2,000 vaccinations on Monday, by Thursday we will increase again very significantly, we will be on an exponential curve”.

If this figure has, according to him, been multiplied “by 50” compared to last week, it remains far below other large countries, such as Germany or the United Kingdom. Indeed, according to the latest figures available compiled by Our World in Data, the British – whose vaccination campaign began on December 8 – have already vaccinated 944,539 people (according to data as of December 27), far ahead of Germany (367,331 as of January 5), Italy (307,182) and Spain (139,339).

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In relation to the size of the population, Israel is leading the vaccination race by far with 17.1 doses administered per 100 inhabitants, ahead of the United Arab Emirates with 8.35 doses per 100 inhabitants and the State of Bahrain with 4.02 doses per 100 inhabitants. As with the United Kingdom, the two small states in the Persian Gulf began their vaccination campaign early, starting December 17. In general, with a few exceptions such as Israel, the percentage of the population vaccinated remains very low all over the world. Among the most populous countries on the planet, the United States is doing the best for the moment, with around 1.6 doses administered per 100 inhabitants, almost the same ratio as in the United Kingdom ( 1.39). The United States is clearly ahead of Russia (0.55) and China (0.31). To date, more than 15 million people worldwide have benefited from a first injection of the anti-Covid 19 vaccine, or 0.2 dose per 100 inhabitants, while more than 87 million people have been affected by the coronavirus.

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