A little sentence from Olivier Véran, this Friday traveling to Villeneuve-La Garenne, sowed doubt. If the epidemic situation were to require it, could a new confinement only concern unvaccinated people? The minister excluded it while warning and putting the (sensitive) debate on the table.
It is the taboo subject par excellence at the moment while the vaccine campaign seems to be marking time and it is Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health who mentioned it this Friday.
If the Delta variant were to cause a new epidemic wave and have a significant impact on the French hospital system, new restrictive measures would then be taken. But will they concern, this time, the entire population or only the unvaccinated people who we now know are the most exposed to the consequences of a Covid in severe form under the effect of the Indian variant?
On Friday, traveling to an ephemeral vaccination center located in a shopping center in Villeneuve-La Garenne, Olivier Véran raised the subject.
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“I refuse to divide the French between vaccinated and non-vaccinated, but I say that 20% of unvaccinated French could not force 80% to not be able to access activities of daily life”
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"Je refuse de diviser les Français entre vaccinés et non-vaccinés, mais je dis que 20% de Français non vaccinés ne pourraient pas contraindre 80% à ne pouvoir accéder à des activités de la vie courante"
“Closing shops to vaccinated does not change anything”
“Imagine that in 4 or 5 weeks, we are in the situation of the English with an increase in the number of cases and with, perhaps, a health impact even if it is too early to tell. be in a situation of having to put in place braking measures again, with, once again, the closures of shops, bars or restaurants. “
“However, the scientific studies available to us attest to a very strong fact: if we close all businesses for all French people, the impact on the epidemic would not be different than what we would have by closing all shops for unvaccinated people only “.
In other words: it would not be useful to force people vaccinated into confinement but rather to limit it to those who are not vaccinated.
A short sentence that launches the debate even if the Minister of Health immediately took the precaution of refusing to “separate and divide the French between those who would be vaccinated and those who would not”. But Olivier Véran added: “I’m just saying that 20% of French people who are not vaccinated cannot force 80% of French people who have been vaccinated not to be able to access everyday activities that they have missed so much for a year”.
The debate on the table
Through this reflection, as much to say that the debate is on the table even if the minister wishes it “as peaceful as possible”. “It is not a question of saying that we will necessarily go in this direction but this debate, the French expect from us that we can hold it in all responsibility”.
In the meantime, the government is trying above all to “reassure”, “to remove ambiguities”, to hunt for “fake news”, Olivier Véran targeting a false document evoked without filter on the antennas of Sud-Radio these days. All this to get as many French people as possible to go for vaccination.
Make the unvaccinated take responsibility for their choice
The minister assured him: “Every adult and adolescent in France will be offered a vaccine this summer”. “Everyone is free to be vaccinated or not” he recalled but behind his warning on a confinement targeted only to the unvaccinated, Olivier Véran also hinted that this choice, everyone will undoubtedly have to assume the consequences in the event of a resumption of the epidemic.
A position that the supporters of non-vaccination interpret as a disguised obligation.