The French government has decided to provide daily figures on the number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus after criticism that the process is slow compared to other countries.
This was reported by The Guardian.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Jan. 12 that the ministry would publish daily details of vaccination progress, providing data for each region on the number of people vaccinated and the number of doses available.
The first figures were released on Jan. 11. According to them, more than 138,000 people in France had received the vaccine at the time, including more than 30,000 in the metropolitan region.
The region of New Aquitaine was second in the number of vaccinated. However, in terms of the number of vaccinated relative to the population of the regions, the leaders are New Aquitaine and Normandy, where more than 0.3% have already been vaccinated.
The Minister of Health believes that the government should stick to its chosen policy and prioritize vaccination of vulnerable groups, even if this would mean a slower vaccination process in general.
The priority categories in France include residents of nursing homes, as well as medical personnel aged 50 years and older or with chronic diseases that may pose an additional risk.
According to the minister, vaccines are also planned to be available to people under the age of 75 who have chronic diseases. A total of 1 million people are scheduled to be vaccinated by the end of January.
On Jan. 11, France received the first 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.