French Senate approves latest COVID measures and vaccine pass
The French Senate on Thursday approved the government’s latest measures to combat the COVID-19 virus, including a vaccination pass, which has met with some opposition among the public after President Emmanuel Macron’s harsh criticism of the not vaccinated.
The Senate backed COVID measures and legislation for a COVID vaccine passes by 249 in favor, down from 63 against, Reuters reported. The legislation had already been approved earlier this month by the lower house of the French parliament.
Macron and members of his ruling La République En Marche party have stepped up their campaign against those unvaccinated against COVID this year, as France battles a fifth wave of the virus.
Macron told Le Parisien newspaper this month that he wanted to “piss off” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated that they would end up getting the COVID vaccine.
On Wednesday, France recorded 361,719 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours, and another 246 COVID deaths in hospitals.
French teachers will also leave work en masse on Thursday for what they say is a government failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the COVID pandemic, or to properly protect students and staff from infection.