Paris. More than 10 million people have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccines in France, announced today Prime Minister Jean Castex, who promised to rapidly increase vaccination.
“We are a week ahead of the target I set. It is a very good performance. France is vaccinating a lot,” Castex told reporters during a visit to a vaccination center in Nogent-sur-Marne east of Paris.
“Now we have the goal of 20 million (vaccinated) and I have no doubt that thanks to this general mobilization, we will achieve it,” he added.
The French government aims to apply 20 million vaccines by mid-May and vaccinate a total of 30 million, or two-thirds of the country’s adults, by mid-June.
Since the end of December 2020, when France began vaccination, 10 million 114 thousand 284 people have received the first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19, representing 19.3 percent of the adult population, and three million 484 thousand six have received the two doses, according to data published by the Ministry of Health.
Today, Thursday, another 343 patients died of this respiratory disease, which raised the total of deaths to 98,37.
After seven days of increases, the number of people in intensive care units due to Covid-19 decreased by 24 to 5,705. A total of 30,555 patients are hospitalized, 349 fewer than the previous day.
Health authorities also said confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 84,999 due to missing data being included.
“The health situation in our country continues to be extremely tense. The virus is still circulating strongly with a very high incidence rate of 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants,” Gabriel Attal, a government spokesman, said earlier today.
On the other hand, “we have the first encouraging signs in the 16 departments in which we have imposed restriction measures,” he added.