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Between pragmatism and gloom, the majority project themselves into the health challenges of 2021

Maintaining the duration, until next summer, or even until the end of 2021 and the completion of still uncertain vaccination campaigns, is the challenge posed by the Covid-19 epidemic to the executive. With the approach of the new year, the majority turn the equation in all directions: how to organize themselves to live another year under the threat of the virus? On December 31, in his traditional end-of-year speech, the President of the Republic should take stock of 2020, open up the prospects for the future and, of course, talk about Covid-19. While waiting for these great directions, the majority “Live well” and views abound as to how best to deal with the crisis.

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In the order of priorities, there is first the question of a rebound in the epidemic and a viral mutation detected in South Africa and the United Kingdom – a first case was reported in France, in Tours, Friday, December 26, according to the Ministry of Health. At a time when a third wave is anticipated in January 2021 by some epidemiologists, rapid decisions are expected. “There will be a situation update between January 4 and 7, where it will take stock of health indicators and see if we can continue in the logic of a gradual reopening, or if we must stay in the situation today, or even give a new turn of the screw ”, anticipates the spokesperson for La République en Marche (LRM), Roland Lescure.

A contested bill

Then comes the question of the vaccine, launched on December 27 for priority audiences, in nursing homes. Tuesday, December 22, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, staged the logistical preparations from a warehouse in Ile-de-France. But it is less on the logistics than on the legal framework that lively debates are to be expected.

The bill establishing a lasting health emergency management regime, expected in mid-January in the National Assembly, has already aroused the outrage of representatives of the opposition, in particular for an article allowing the Prime Minister to “Make the movement of people, their access to means of transport or to certain places, as well as the exercise of certain activities subject to the presentation of the results of a screening test establishing that the person is not affected or contaminated, followed by preventive treatment, including administration of a vaccine, or curative treatment ‘. Faced with the outcry and the fears of a majority which has recently borne the brunt of several episodes of parliamentary fever – the most notable on the proposed “comprehensive security” law -, Mr. Véran announced on Tuesday that the text would not be proposed to Parliament “Before several months, before being out of the crisis”.

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