After US biotech Moderna announced a very high success rate in preventing Covid-19, France health authorities said they would be "immediately" ready to launch a massive vaccination drive.
"We're preparing a campaign to be ready for launch the moment a vaccine is approved by European and national health authorities," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said.
Noting that the European Medicines Agency said it may be ready to authorise a first vaccine by the end of the year, Attal said France had placed options on "several hundred million" doses from different pharma companies.
The start of vaccination is planned for the beginning of January 2021; it is assumed that from 30 to 40% of the city's residents will be vaccinated.
France has budgeted 1.5 billion euros ($1.77 billion) to buy vaccines in 2021, Attal added.
As we reported earlier, France was able to cope with the peak of coronavirus second wave. In 10 days, the number of newly infected has dropped significantly.
"For ten days in a row, the number of new diagnoses of Covid-19 has decreased, the number of positive tests and the incidence rate are falling. Therefore, everything indicates that we have overcome the peak of the epidemic. We are restoring control of the epidemic, and this is good news," French Healthcare Minister said.