Rome. – “I don’t want to upset the French. I complain all day to the administration when it interrupts. Instead, without vaccinations, I really want to break the boxes. And so we’ll continue to do that until the end. This There is strategy”. Three months before the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron began his toughest push against No Vax.
While the world continues to deal with Omicron’s tsunami of contagion, the leader of the Elysee – culminating in a political storm for the language used – no longer covers the obligation to vaccinate. Even partial, as Italy has been doing for over 50s.
In the European Union, where a decisive opening came directly from Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the measure has already been approved by Austria, where it will come into force on 1 February, and by Greece, where it will take effect ten. in days but only for those over 60. But the Omicron avalanche has given new momentum to its supporters. Almost all of them already provide for certain categories of liability, especially health professionals and those who provide public services, such as teachers and policemen.
For many people, the next step may be age extension and risk factors. As well as on the other side of the ocean where US President Joe Biden has also conducted responsibilities in companies with more than 100 employees, as well as vaccines in public administration and transportation. What he could do at the federal level is because many decisions are made for individual states and sometimes for individual municipalities or counties.
In an interview earlier of the year given to Le Parisien, Macron drew a clear line in the debate over vaccines: “In a democracy – they say – the biggest enemy is lies and stupidity. pressurized by limiting access to the activities of social life.” With the upcoming vaccination pass, which will replace the current health pass (equivalent to the original green pass) in the government’s plans from January 15, the president’s words have made a mark, noting that 66 thousand crimes have been committed in the past 24 hour dosage, a record for three months.
Meanwhile, the spread of infection continues at a level never seen in previous waves. Yet another record has been recorded in France with a monstrous figure of 335 thousand new positives, and the Netherlands, which despite the lockdown have detected more than 24 thousand, while in the United Kingdom they have come back below 200 thousand. .
Infections at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic are also in Sweden, Turkey and Portugal – in the latter case the election campaign restrictions could be eased in the wake of voting on January 30 – as well as in Israel, where President Isaac Herzog was the first world leader to receive a fourth dose. In Poland, however, President Andrzej Duda, who received a third dose last December 17, tested positive for the second time.
According to experts, the peak of the wave associated with the new strain, which will take effect “in a few days” in Germany, has not yet reached. This is how niches are strengthened, as in Cyprus – the first in the world to have per capita infections – where access to the Church will be limited for Epiphany, a very important holiday for Greek Orthodoxy.
The rush for vaccines, however, tends to reduce the quarantine of positive people, which will pass from 10 to 7 days in Scotland and 7 to 5 days in the Czech Republic. On the other hand, in China, a month after the Beijing Winter Olympics, a policy of “zero tolerance”, with another metropolis in partial lockdown, Zhengzhou, and swabs for its 12 million residents after 11 cases were discovered in recent days. .
(by Cristoforo Spinella / ANSA).
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