August 4, 2021

MPs vote for a postponement at the end of September

The deputies voted in committee, Tuesday evening, July 20, for a postponement to the end of September of the establishment of the health pass for 12-17 year olds. The measure could be discussed again on Wednesday during the examination of the health bill in the hemicycle. The government had already exempted 12-17 year olds from the health pass until August 30.

The deputies supported in law committee an amendment by the deputy La République en marche Guillaume Gouffier-Cha. “Vaccination has only been open for them since June 15”, he insisted to justify the postponement of one month.

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Some members of the majority, starting with the president of the law commission Yaël Braun-Pivet, wanted to go further by completely exempting minors from health passes (certificate of vaccination, recovery or negative test for Covid-19).

“Health pass or complete closure”

Olivier Véran opposed it, fearing a global questioning of the pass. The Minister of Health took the example of a cinema hall with a « super Walt Disney », “400 teens” in the room and the difficulty of ensuring that all spectators are ” safe “. The health pass is a “Naughty concept”, what ” I do not like “ but there is “Emergency” to avoid the closure of establishments, insisted the minister.

“The question very quickly will be the sanitary pass or the complete closure”, he warned. “A closure is no easier to live with than the implementation of the health pass under strict conditions and as soon as possible. It’s not a question of timing or cosmetics, it’s an emergency. “

The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 jumped by 18,181, according to figures released Tuesday by Public Health France, due to the Delta variant.

Earlier Tuesday, the Minister of Health was alarmed by this sharp increase. Relevant “An increase in the circulation of the virus of around 150% over one week”, he stressed that “We have never known this, nor with the Covid [la souche historique du virus], neither with the English variant, neither with the South African nor with the Brazilian ”.

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The World with AFP