Paris (AFP)

Twenty million people have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in France, Emmanuel Macron announced in a tweet on Saturday, allowing the government to achieve the goal it had set for itself.

“20 million French people vaccinated!” Prime Minister Jean Castex also wrote on social networks.

"To all those who have mobilized to achieve this objective: thank you for your commitment and your exceptional mobilization. To all our eligible compatriots who have not yet been vaccinated: go to santé.fr.", He added .

The exact number of people first vaccinated was not immediately available.

According to the latest figures released Friday evening, 19,706,931 people had received at least one injection and 8,705,141 people had received two injections (13% of the total population and 16.6% of the adult population).

In the morning, Jean Castex said he was "reasonably optimistic" to reach the target of 20 million on Saturday, during a visit to the vaccination center at Porte de Versailles in Paris.

The government had set itself the goal of reaching the 20 million mark for the first doses injected by May 15, then 30 million a month later.

"This is a very important moment for the whole of the country because it reinforces the prospects for an exit from the crisis which are also reinforced by the evolution of the data of the epidemic which is regressing everywhere" in France, added Jean Castex to the Porte de Versailles.

"The next objective is 30 million first-time vaccinated, it is within our reach", insisted the Prime Minister, while the campaign will be open to all adults, regardless of age, on June 15 .

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