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Anti-Covid pass to be introduced in France from Aug 9

PARIS (July 29): France will be enforcing a new legislation that will make a health pass compulsory to visit a cafe, board a plane or travel on an inter-city train, the government’s spokesman said on July 29. 

It was reported by AFP that the pass, which will be implemented from Aug 9, has sparked mass protests in the country. However, French authorities are determined to press ahead and make health a key part of the fight against Covid-19, the report added. 

The health pass is generated via two jabs from a recognised vaccine, a negative coronavirus test or a recent recovery from infection. The legislation also states that vaccination is compulsory for health-workers and carers.

To recap, the pass has already been obligatory from July 21 for visits to museums, cinemas and cultural venues with a capacity of more than 50 people.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said rising infections driven by the Delta variant, with an average of 19,000 daily cases — 97 per cent higher than a week ago — means that the health situation in France “is continuing to get worse and remains worrying”.

However, Attal also stressed that there would be a degree of tolerance in the initial phase from Augt 9, the report added.

Meanwhile, France on Wednesday approved giving the Moderna jab to 12- to 17-year-olds, after a similar ruling on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid-June.  

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