In an interview with “Liberation”, the Minister of Overseas Territories said he was ready to adapt the calendar or the list of places affected by the health pass.
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“I understand that there can be mistrust but we have to find the path to rationality.” In an interview with Release (article reserved for subscribers), Sunday August 1, Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu said he was ready to adapt the health pass at the local level, “either on the calendar or at the places concerned”, to encourage vaccination against Covid-19.
For several days, the epidemic situation in the overseas territories has deteriorated. As of July 29, the incidence rate was 1,056 in Martinique, 650 in Guadeloupe or 367 in Reunion. The share of the population having received at least one injection was only 21% in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana, against 60% on average in France.
For the minister, this low vaccination coverage can be explained by “cultural or religious reluctance (…), it is a cultural challenge that we must tackle without stigmatizing anyone. I have read too many condescending analyzes in recent weeks that have annoyed me.”
“It is also linked to our colonial history where, in the past, health decisions were sometimes imposed on the inhabitants of these territories. Finally, a lot of ‘fake news’ is circulating.”Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Overseas Territories
Sébastien Lecornu assured that the doses were present in the necessary quantity in the territories but that communication on vaccination had to be improved. “In some territories, there is a form of shame in saying that you are vaccinated. I also call on the overseas medical community to speak again in the media, on social networks, to explain how this delay in vaccination will unfortunately produce appalling effects on the healthcare system “, did he declare.