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TRAVEL UPDATE  VACCINATE OR OUT

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece hangs in the Louvre, Paris

We often forget France is as much a country of medical achievements as she is renowned for its arts, cuisine, wine, and fashion.

The stethoscope was invented in France in 1816 at the Paris Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital by Rene Laennec. So was the hypodermic needle in 1853 by Charles Pravaz. And the aspirin the same year by Charles Frederic Gerhardt. The rabies vaccine was invented in 1885 by Emile Roux and Louis Pasteur. The latter – with Jean Paul Vuillemin – also invented antibiotics.

Yesterday, Wednesday 21 July 2021French Prime Minister Jean Castex informed the country that 96% of the 18,000 cases reported on the same day were of people who were unvaccinated.

Castex said France is in the fourth wave of the pandemic and the Delta variant is now dominant in the country. The more contagious Indian variant has resulted in an 150% increase in infections in the last week.

Yesterday was also the start where admission to venues requires a “health pass”.

Vaccinated people were allowed unrestricted entry to popular places including the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

The “passe sanitaire” will be required for all events or places with more than 50 people.

From Sunday 1 August 2021, it will also be required for restaurants, cafés and shopping centres.

Fines of up to €1,500 will be levied against first-time violations. And more for subsequent ones.

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  1. Good stuff! You mentioned the name but not the process … pasteurisation of course! Another first for France.

    With regard to vaccination, France is indeed leading the way.

    The only solution to the Covid19 pandemic will be vaccination of approaching 100% of the population – of the world!

    We see too much sensationalised news about side effects and deaths from vaccination, but not enough reminders that in more than one case in a hundred, Covid19 will either kill you, or leave you with a long period of illness and organ failure or give you symptoms sufficiently serious to require hospitalisation. Meanwhile vaccination is safe at better than one in a million. So … which odd are better?

    It seems that the older Chinese population of Singapore is resisting vaccination, but surely they are supposed to be good gamblers, or they like to think that they are. They need to see these odds and choose the sensible route.

    Otherwise, which government will be first to have bold and responsible members who make it a legal requirement to be vaccinated – just as we had for polio and smallpox? Clearly governments in those older times had the best interests of their voting population at heart and could take the responsibility of making hard decisions. Not todays bunch of irresponsible populists – I am surprised that they can decide what to eat at mealtimes without a vote and plausible deniability. But most of them are fat, so they CAN make decisions if they want to …..

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