The French public is unlikely to see a return to “normal” post-coronavirus life until fall 2021, the president of the French Scientific Council, which advises the government on the Covid-19 pandemic, said on Friday in an interview on Friday , noting that vaccination campaigns will take time.
“Vaccines are a major source of hope, but if you look at the vaccination capacities that we will have in France and elsewhere in Europe, we will need time,” said immunologist and head of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy at BFM TV.
“Vaccine production will be slower than expected two weeks or three weeks ago,” Delfraissy continued. “We won’t be facing a vaccine shortage, but we will have something more spread out over time.”
The next six months will continue to be difficult as vaccination campaigns intensify in the first three or four months of 2021. Asked if this means no return to normal life before fall, Delfraissy replied that yes, it was probable.
Delfraissy’s comments came just a day after French President Emmanuel Macron became the last world leader to test positive for coronavirus. Macron, 42, was tested after “the appearance of the first symptoms” and will self-isolate for seven days in accordance with national regulations, his office at the Élysée Palace said in a statement.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex will self-isolate after contact with Macron, his office said, adding that he had no symptoms and had tested negative. The First Lady Brigitte Macron will also be self-isolating but does not show any symptoms.
A wave of contact tracing followed the announcement as Macron had recently been in contact with several other world leaders. He attended an EU summit in Brussels last week and attended a conference in Paris hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday. European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa have all isolated themselves and called off events after their meeting with Macron.
Now is not the time for the French leader, who is trying to deal with the pandemic crisis in his own country while closely monitoring Brexit negotiations and a host of other international issues.
Macron has repeatedly called for caution against the spread of the virus and in public he always wears a face mask covering his mouth and nose.
Earlier this week, France relaxed restrictions on tackling the second wave of the coronavirus, but infection rates remain high.
There is still a nationwide nighttime curfew from 8 p.m. to stop the spread of the virus while restaurants and cafes, as well as theaters and cinemas, remain closed.
More than 59,000 people have died in France since the start of the pandemic.
Despite the precautions, more than 18,000 new cases were recorded on Thursday, the highest daily tally since November 20.
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