French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to implement a vaccine pass has been approved by the country’s Parliament.
The aim of the pass is to curb the spread of Covid-19 and more specifically the latest Omicron variant.
During an interview with a local newspaper, Le Parisien, Macron said that wanted to make the lives of those refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine as complicated as possible. He wants to make it almost impossible for the unvaccinated to be able to move around freely in public places.
Since the harsh comments were published, a record number of people have received their first doses of the two-dose vaccine.
News24 reports that lawmakers in the lower house passed draft legislation, including the vaccine pass shortly after 05:00 after an all-night session by a margin of 214 to 93. Many of those who voted against the bill were from the far-right or left-wingers.
France has been one of the countries with the strictest Covid-19 rules since the outbreak. For many months, to enter cinemas, cafes or ride a train you had to prove that you’re either fully vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 test.
Many believe that Macron’s comments were timed well with only three months left before the national election.
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