“What is the value of your freedom if you say ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated’ but infect your father, your mother or me tomorrow?” The head of the French state was quoted as saying by the AP.
“And in the name of your freedom, you may have a difficult course (covidu-19) and you can get to this hospital. It is all these workers who will have to take care of you and who may have to refuse to accept someone else. (…) This is not what freedom looks like, it’s called irresponsibility, selfishness, “Macron said during a visit to a medical facility in French Polynesia.
At the same time, the president emphasized the effectiveness of the vaccines and called on people who had not been vaccinated to have any of them given.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across France on Saturday to express opposition to the emerging system of so-called medical passports and mandatory vaccinations for paramedics and firefighters. Many shouted the slogan “freedom” in the protests, but Macron indicated that he did not understand their approach.
While acknowledging the protesters’ right to express their views “in peace, with mutual respect,” the president criticized those behind the “irrational, sometimes cynical and manipulative mobilization” of vaccines.
The AP notes that the organizers of the rally against the new measures include representatives of the former protest movement “yellow vests”, but also far-right politicians, who also criticized the government’s proposals during the parliamentary debate.
The British minister apologized
British Health Minister Sajid Javid apologized for his choice of words on Twitter, announcing that he had overcome the mild symptoms of covid-19. He is fully vaccinated against the disease and attributed to it a relatively smooth course of his infection. “Please, if you have not already done so, get vaccinated while we learn to live with the virus, rather than cringing in fear,” he wrote.
The conclusion of the article was described as insensitive to people who were seriously ill after the infection or lost loved ones due to covid-19.
After a wave of criticism, he deleted the words and posted an apology on Twitter. “I was grateful that vaccines as a company were helping us to counterattack, but it was an unfortunate choice of words and I sincerely apologize,” Javid wrote. “Like many people, I lost my loved ones because of this terrible virus, and I would never downplay its effects,” his new post continues.
Britain records 129,130 deaths on Saturday within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. A new controversy over government communications is coming in less than a week after the final release of quarantine measures in England. The government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, called for the “personal responsibility” of the population in this regard and called on them to be cautious.