On Wednesday, France reported 332,252 new cases in a 24-hour span, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic.
On Thursday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that he hopes the vaccination pass bill will enter into effect on Jan. 15 as the parliament adopted the first reading of the draft bill.
The draft bill, transforming the health pass to a COVID-19 vaccination pass, was passed in the Lower House with 214 votes against 93 on Thursday morning.
"It is a good thing, not only for the government, but also for the country and for the French people," Castex told BMFTV-RMC.
"We are hoping for the 15th, but it doesn't depend only on me and the government, the text must now pass to the Senate," he said, adding that the Senate will examine the draft bill in a plenary session next week.
Between 11.7 million and 21.8 million excess deaths have occurred globally since the pandemic started.— Edouard Mathieu (@redouad) January 6, 2022
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With the future vaccination pass, negative COVID-19 tests will no longer be valid to gain access to social venues. French Health Minister Olivier Veran has said that in order to keep the health pass validated, the delay between the second vaccine dose and the booster dose is going to be four months maximum, starting from Feb. 15.
Those having a valid health pass after receiving two doses of Chinese vaccines and one dose of mRNA vaccine will also need a booster shot.
On Wednesday, France reported 332,252 new cases in a 24-hour span, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.