Europe 1 with AFP 7:03 p.m., September 17, 2021

In a video posted Friday evening on social networks, Emmanuel Macron welcomes the fact that more than 50 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine in our country.

"The vaccine saves lives, the virus kills, it's simple," said the head of state, without going over the sluggish beginnings of the campaign.

The symbolic milestone of 50 million people who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been reached, Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday in a video posted on social networks. "The vaccine saves lives, the virus kills, it's simple," says the Head of State at the end of this video, which includes images of the entire vaccination campaign that began at the end of December 2020.

The threshold of 50 million was reached 17 days behind the end-August target set by the government in July.

But it represents, for the executive, a victory since nearly 3/4 of the population is now at least primo-vaccinated.

The number of vaccinated had jumped after the decision announced by Emmanuel Macron on July 12 to introduce a health pass and to make vaccination compulsory for caregivers.

Electro music, Mauricette's message ...

On electro music, the video posted by Emmanuel Macron begins with the face of Mauricette who, at 78, was the first vaccinated in France to the applause at the hospital of Sevran, in Seine-Saint-Denis, on December 27 2020.

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- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 17, 2021

Without going back to the sluggish beginnings of the campaign, the video then shows its gradual rise in power, with images of people being bitten, including those in the media of the Minister of Health Olivier VĂ©ran who had taken off his shirt, as well as the video of 'Emmanuel Macron also announcing that he had been vaccinated. "France united against Covid-19", concludes the video in tricolor letters.

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