Nearly half of the French population has now received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The symbolic bar of 30 million first-time vaccinated was announced on Saturday, June 12, by a tweet from Prime Minister Jean Castex, who called for "winning the battle against the virus".

✅ Objective achieved!

Thank you to all those who are mobilizing for vaccination: it is thanks to you that we will win the battle against the virus.

For those who have not yet been vaccinated, doses are available near you at

- Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) June 12, 2021

Some 30.14 million people received a first injection, and 13.95 million a second injection, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

France also reported on Saturday 34 new deaths in hospitals within 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 83,944 deaths in hospitals.

The number of people in intensive care was on Saturday at 2,110, a decrease of 53 compared to the day before.

With AFP and Reuters

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