Vaccination against Covid-19: is France ranked 51st in the world?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – This is what the president of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, said. Is this really the case when the European vaccination campaign is criticized by the WHO for its “unacceptable slowness”?

THE QUESTION. While 61% of Israelis, 46% of Britons and 30% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, only 13% of French people can say the same, a figure that is more or less in the average for Member States of the European Union (12%). Strongly criticized Thursday in the Senate and the National Assembly for the slowness of vaccination, Prime Minister Jean Castex tried to defend his government’s policy, but the figures remain there, severe.

What have you done with these enormous powers entrusted to you? (…) you exercised it, but to little effect. I heard the famous sentence: when I look at myself and when I compare myself … No, when we compare ourselves, we rather feel sorry“, Launched in the hemicycle the senator Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group. We are in terms of vaccination in 51st place. It means that we are doing less well than Chile, Morocco, Serbia, Hungary, than so many other countries. That’s the results! ”. While the WHO criticized this Friday the “unacceptable slowness“Of the European vaccination campaign, the figure of”51»Mentioned by Bruno Retailleau is it correct?

CHECKS. To classify countries among themselves, the most representative criterion is neither the percentage of the population having received at least one dose nor the percentage having received both doses, but the total number of doses injected per 100 inhabitants because this global count allows to reduce the bias induced by the type of “vaccine strategy“, Depending on whether a country has chosen to focus on”first doses” where the “seconds“.

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