January 29, 2022

before the examination of the bill, the opposition criticizes a “lack of anticipation” vis-à-vis the tests

While waiting to judge the vaccine pass bill on paper, the opposition criticizes the government about Covid-19 screening tests. The deputy La France insoumise (LFI) Eric Coquerel denounced Thursday, December 23 “The lack of anticipation” of the government faced with a shortage of tests and self-tests, when the environmental deputy Delphine Batho regrets “A new improvidence” of the executive.

“How is it that there is a shortage of self-tests, while a wave [du variant] Delta was already there and someone else was knocking on our door, on the other side of the Channel ”, asked the “rebellious” deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis on LCI, accusing the government of having “A train late for two years now”.

“There is a problem with the shortage of tests and self-tests in pharmacies”, abounded on Franceinfo Delphine Batho, Member of Parliament for Deux-Sèvres and spokesperson for the campaign of the environmental candidate, Yannick Jadot. She insisted on this “New improvidence” of the executive “With the absence of strategic stocks of tests”.

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6.2 million tests for Covid-19

Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist Party (PS) candidate, also castigated on BFM-TV and RMC a “Lack of anticipation” in the government’s management of the epidemic. The Socialist also called on the President of the Republic to “Play an important role in allowing the lifting of patents”, in order to vaccinate “Massively” emerging countries.

More than 6.2 million Covid-19 screening tests were carried out last week according to Public Health France (SPF), a record since the start of the epidemic, in March 2020. Since October 15, these tests have not been are no longer reimbursed for people who have not been fully vaccinated, with some exceptions (medical prescription, case of contact, recent positive test, contraindication to the vaccine).

This rush on tests and self-tests comes as the government has ordered 20-39 year olds, overrepresented among newly infected, to test themselves “From the slightest doubt”. Contaminations continue to climb in France, where 84,272 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday, according to figures released by SPF.

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The PS a priori favorable to the vaccine pass but awaits the text

The PS group in the National Assembly should vote “In principle” the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccine pass, but waits to read the text, its president, Valérie Rabault said Thursday. “I never sign a blank check to the government, so I will wait to see the text, to know what is put in it, but in principle we will vote”, she explained on Europe 1, recalling that socialist parliamentarians have been calling since July for compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for all adults.

Also in favor of compulsory vaccination, Anne Hidalgo considered on BFM-TV and RMC that the vaccination pass was “A disguised vaccination obligation”. “Let them call the vaccination pass’ compulsory vaccination”, let’s call things by their name “, she wished.

The environmentalist deputies are also circumspect, and on the National Rally side, the deputy for the North and spokesperson for the party Sébastien Chenu announced Wednesday on France Inter that he will vote against the text regardless of its content.

The president of the LFI group in the Assembly, Mathilde Panot, announced Tuesday, December 21 in a column published on the website of HuffPost that she would wear on January 13, in the parliamentary niche of the group, “A bill to abolish exceptional regimes, including the health pass, which is only an illusion of protection”.

Mme Pécresse will vote for the vaccination pass if it is reserved “for places of leisure”

For her part, Valérie Pécresse, the candidate of the Republicans (LR) in the presidential election, claimed Thursday that Covid-19 screening tests be made free “Until January 10” in order to allow “All those who are reluctant to the vaccine” to use them ” for the parties “.

“You must not only be vaccinated but also be tested because the vaccine does not prevent the spread of the virus”, underlined Mme Pécresse, adding to favor this strategy combining at the same time “Vaccines and tests”. The president of the Ile-de-France region also spoke out against the introduction of the vaccine pass in public transport.

“It would be extraordinarily difficult to set up”, she said about this “Restriction of liberty”. She recalled “The thousands of police officers” mobilized and “The hundreds of meters of tail” caused by “Employer certificate” set up for essential workers during the first containment, in March 2020.

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During her trip to the vaccination center of Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), the elected official specified that she would approve the vaccination pass only “If the deprivation of liberty was proportionate to the protection of health” and if this pass was reserved “To places of leisure” like cinemas or restaurants and not “To get to work”.

For the first week of January, the LR presidential candidate recalled her proposal to extend the school holidays by one week, while the end-of-year family reunions “Will inevitably spread the epidemic”. “I believe it is reasonable to consider teleworking as much as possible that companies can do”, she added.

The bill in committee in the Assembly Wednesday

Faced with the fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic and the arrival of the Omicron variant on the territory, the government announced Friday, December 17, the transformation of the health pass into a vaccine pass by the end of January. But on Tuesday, he chose to bring the calendar forward with an exceptional Council of Ministers on Monday, December 27. The bill will then be examined in committee at the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 29, before its examination in the same week and an entry into force now referred to. “From the first half of January”.

If the government assured that the text would not include the implementation of a health pass in business, in view of the reluctance of the social partners, majority deputies could introduce the device into the text by tabling an amendment.

Asked about the hypothesis of a health pass in a company, the head of the PS deputies denounced a “Hypocrisy”, pointing out that she “Never approves of government sleight of hand”. “If there is no agreement from the social partners, we will not vote it”, warned Mme Rabault on Europe 1, recalling that the consultations carried out by the government with them at the beginning of the week did not make it possible to reach a consensus on this subject. She accused the government of “Not to take responsibility” trying to « reporter » that of the control of this possible passes “On others”, in this case companies.

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