France facing third lockdown: vaccine roll-out "sluggish"

A third national lockdown to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic should not be ruled out in France, where new daily cases are picking up, but it is still too early to make that decision, a senior medical expert said on Wednesday.

“A new lockdown should not be ruled out,” Eric Caumes, head of infectious diseases expert at Paris’ Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, told BFM TV.

France has seen more than 66,000 deaths from the virus, and is being heavily criticised for its sluggish roll-out of its vaccine programme, which "does not meet the needs of the moment, nor the French needs," according to President Emmanuel Macron.

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