Macron: Expert discusses criticism against French President
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The French President was reported to have claimed restrictions in France will have to last for at least four to six more weeks as he was asked by a young resident in Stains, in the northern suburbs of Paris, to move the 6pm curfew to 7pm. But Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois blasted Mr Macron’s prediction as he argued the French leader lacked a clear strategy, unlike Brexit Britain, speeding ahead with its vaccination programme.
Mr Gallois wrote: “It’s quite pathetic. Precisely, no, there is no plan and nobody can say that holding four to six weeks like that will be enough.
“There is no strategy for hospital support, vaccination and treatment.
“We will, unfortunately, be at the same point then.
“The United Kingdom, despite confinement, for example, has a clear strategy to return to normal life.
“This was possible thanks to Brexit since the management of the vaccine supply by the EU was a disaster from A to Z.
“The EU is three months behind the United Kingdom.”
Mr Macron faced a huge backlash over the rollout of jabs throughout the country, lagging significantly behind other nations.
In France, less than five million people have been injected with the first dose of the vaccine, whilst almost 20 million have received the first jab in the UK.
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The French President had also caused dismay in Britain after being quoted earlier this year as saying the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine appeared “quasi-ineffective” among those aged over 65.
Last week, Mr Macron was forced to make an embarrassing U-turn as he said he would gladly accept being inoculated with the Oxford jab if it were offered when his turn comes.
He said: “In view of the latest scientific studies, the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been proven.
“My turn will come, but I’ve got time. If that’s the vaccine that’s offered to me, I will take it, of course.”
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He also said AstraZeneca had failed to meet its delivery targets and that EU leaders were putting pressure on the Anglo-Swedish company.
He said: “We told them, you’re not being serious about the commitments you made, because you haven’t met them.
“We’re putting pressure on them so they make up the ground lost and so that a precise timetable is met.”
Last month, vaccine maker AstraZeneca cut its planned deliveries to the EU in the first quarter of the year to the bloc to 31 million, and later lifted it to 40 million after intense pressure from Brussels.
EU officials had initially been told by the drugmaker that only 80 million doses would be available by the end of March, an EU document seen by Reuters revealed.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was forced to apologise for the vaccine failures in the EU.
She told the European Parliament: “We were late to authorise.
“We were too optimistic when it came to massive production, and perhaps too confident that what we ordered would actually be delivered on time.”
But she said a joint response was still the best course of action.
She said: “I can’t even imagine if a few big players had rushed to it and the others went empty-handed.
“In economic terms, it would have been nonsense and it would have been I think the end of our community.”
The European Commission President had said a country could act like “a speedboat” with its vaccine rollout, while the “EU is more like a tanker”.
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