President Emmanuel Macron pushing for mass vaccinations in NOrthenr France and Paris region

President Emmanuel Macron is changing strategies and pushing for mass vaccinations with coronavirus infections on the rise in northern France and the Paris region.

“The heart of the battle, in the coming weeks and months, will be the vaccination,” Macron said Tuesday in announcing lowering the age group of those eligible for shots from 75 to 70 years starting this weekend.

In the Paris region, the rate of infection in people ages 20 to 50 is above 800 for 100,000 residents.

The Health Ministry says about 200 “mega-centers” will administer as many as one million shots per week. Some could be in place by the end of the month.

“There are no holidays, no weekends. We must vaccinate every day, vaccinate in the evenings, too,” Macron said while visiting a gymnasium converted to a vaccine center and pharmacy in the northern town of Valenciennes.

France added 344 confirmed deaths in the past day, increasing the total to 92,650 deaths by Monday night.

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THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Dr. Fauci warns of possible virus surge in US, need to vaccinate

— Germany is extending its lockdown by another month and imposing new restrictions to drive down the rate of infections

— Sinovac says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children as young as 3 and has submitted the data to Chinese regulators

— Town in Colombian mountains uses discipline of locals, social-distancing campaign to stay virus-free

— One Good Thing: Artist Yang Qian is channeling her memories from the height of the pandemic into artwork

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Source: Associated Press

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