Vaccine incentives are ‘bribes’ says Simon McCoy
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According to reports, the Pfizer vaccine is estimated to rise from 15.5 to 19.5 euros and Moderna to increase from 19 to 21.5 euros. Clément Beaune warned the price of vaccines is expected to increase “due to their adaptation to the Delta variant”.
He added that “negotiations will be made public once they are completed”.
The incumbent Secretary of State for European affairs in the French government added: “The negotiated doses are not the same as those during the first orders months ago.
“We want to make the negotiations public once they are completed.”
Mr Beaune also welcomed the efficiency of the EU in negotiations with laboratories with the amount spent per dose is “one and a half times cheaper than the UK for the first deliveries”.
French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)
Clement Beaune warns of the price of vaccines (Image: Getty)
He told the Financial Times: “The EU is the area of the world that buys more vaccines; if we bought at national level, we would pay more.”
France remains behind on vaccination but is catching up after a slow start.
It has so far administered at least one dose of the vaccine to 73 percent of its adult population and fully inoculated 62 percent of people aged 18 and over.
In the UK, more than 88 percent of adults have received at least one dose and more than 71.1 percent is fully vaccinated.
Thousands of people protest against French health cards (Image: Getty)
France is currently on England’s ‘amber plus’ list which means people must quarantine upon entry including those who have had two vaccines.
Over the weekend, more than 150,000 demonstrators were estimated to have taken to the streets across the French Republic against Mr Macron’s plans to make the passes obligatory to enter many public cultural venues.
Mr Beaune said the country must respond to the concerns and “set up the health pass”.
He said: “While 200,000 people demonstrated, 500,000 were vaccinated the same day.
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Coronavirus cases around the world (Image: Express)
“We must respond to concerns, set up the health pass with professionals and continue to deploy vaccination.”
French authorities are implementing the health pass because the highly contagious delta and gamma variants continue to spread across the country.
On Friday more than 24,000 new daily cases were confirmed – drastically more than just the few thousand recorded at the start of July.
In response, the government announced that the health passes would be compulsory from August 9.
France is below with the vaccine uptake (Image: Getty)
After the Constitutional Council approved the measure, many unvaccinated French people signed up for jabs so their social lives won’t be affected.
The virus has also killed more than 111,800 in France since the start of the pandemic – raising fears that another uncontained outbreak could overwhelm the country’s health service.
Last month, the French President announced Covid vaccines would be compulsory from September for health workers to help curb the rising number of cases.
He also said special passes would be required for anyone wanting to go to a restaurant or on a train or a plane.
To get a Covid pass, people have to prove they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from the virus, or have taken a fresh negative virus test.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega