They judge the action of the government “insufficient”. Political figures, representatives of associations and citizens ask, in a column published on Tuesday, August 2, in the HuffPost, the creation of a senatorial commission of inquiry on the performance of the executive in the fight against smallpox, as was the case in 2020 on the management of the health crisis of Covid-19.
The signatories criticize “the extreme slowness of the start-up” and the “undersizing” of the vaccination campaign, as well as “lack of transparent information” at the “number of vaccines available” Where “next orders”.
Among the authors of the platform are the MPs of the New Ecological and Social Popular Union Sandrine Rousseau (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, EELV) and Danielle Simonnet (La France insoumise), the first deputy mayor of Marseille, Michèle Rubirola (EELV), the presidents of the Aides, Act-Up Paris and Médecins du Monde associations. They ask senators to create a commission of inquiry, as was the case in 2020 on the management of the Covid-19 health crisis.
More than 42,000 doses of vaccine out of stock
According to the latest report by Public Health France, published on Friday, 1,955 confirmed cases have been identified in France since May 20, the date on which a first case was detected in the country. In the face of this increase in cases, more than 42,000 doses of smallpox vaccine were out of stock and vaccination was extended to those most at risk: men who have sex with one or more men, transgender people with multiple sexual partners, sex workers and professionals who work in places of sexual consumption.
However, the “Available slots remain insufficient throughout the national territory”judge the authors of the forum, who ask parliamentarians to “end the secrecy of the government’s strategy” per’“Evaluate the quality of this strategy”.
The Minister of Health promises to “increase” the mobilization
To respond to the criticism, the Minister of Health, François Braun, had assured at the end of July that France had not “not late” and claimed that the smallpox vaccine stockpile was “very substantial”. However, he declined to specify the extension, claiming that the ” Ultra-secret “, because smallpox can be used as a biological weapon. Monday, after a meeting with the Association of Advisors, the Minister promised on twitter that the “The mobilization throughout the territory continues[ait] grow up”.
Sandrine Rousseau, who asked on Tuesday if “All that is needed is the political will[ait] »François Braun notably objected, during questions to the government, to “136 vaccination posts open” and the “over 14,000 vaccinated”. After the center “big capacity” opened last week in Paris, “a similar center will open very soon in Marseille”said the minister. “Reduce the time of access to vaccines, especially in areas where demand is high, such as in PACA and Ile-de-France”he also said to work at “an experience with pharmacists”.
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