Olivier Véran is convinced of the effectiveness of the vaccination pass.
However, it is not yet possible to assess its effects, admitted the Minister of Health on Tuesday.
"The hindsight is still lacking to make a complete and rigorous assessment", explained Olivier Véran during a hearing in the Senate by the commission of inquiry on the adequacy of the vaccine pass to the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic. 19.
"It's too early, it's been a month," he explained.
The vaccination pass succeeded in France at the end of January to the health pass, of which it is a stricter version.
It requires French people to be vaccinated against Covid to access many places, such as restaurants and cinemas, while its predecessor left the possibility of a negative test for coronavirus.
The goal pursued by the government was twofold: to limit the risks of contamination in the places concerned, even if the vaccines have largely lost their effectiveness against the transmission of the virus, and to encourage the non-vaccinated to take the plunge.
Despite the lack of concrete data, the minister said he was convinced that the vaccination pass was effective on both counts.
"It has enabled us to strengthen the protection of a certain number of brewing places and to progress on the primary vaccination of part of the population", insisted the minister.
The announcement, then the entry into force, of the vaccination pass was indeed accompanied by a rebound in the anti-Covid vaccination.
The rebound, however, has focused on the youngest adults, who are least at risk of a severe form of Covid.
Olivier Véran also referred to the health pass which, according to him, has proven its effectiveness against the epidemic.
He estimated that this device had made it possible to avoid several thousand deaths linked to Covid in France, citing estimates from the Council for Economic Analysis (CAE), attached to the government.
This study, which combined health and economic considerations, was not published in a journal or reviewed independently.
Possible lifting of the pass in March
Another study, published in January in the Lancet Public Health and comparing different countries including France, estimates that the pass was able to relaunch anti-Covid vaccination but does not comment on the broader effects against the epidemic.
As for the lifting of the vaccination pass, the Minister of Health reiterated the horizon of mid-March.
However, he conditioned it on several criteria, including a lasting decrease in the number of cases, at least below the threshold of 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, and a total number of Covid patients of less than 1,500 in intensive care units.
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