France aiming for broader COVID-19 vaccination campaign in spring - Macron

A first vaccination campaign starting towards the end of December or in January would be targeted at a smaller segment of the population

  
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he meets people during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the liberation of Ajaccio on September 9, 1943, in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, September 9, 2020. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he meets people during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the liberation of Ajaccio on September 9, 1943, in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, September 9, 2020. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS- French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that France should be in a position to embark on a broader COVID-19 vaccination campaign between April and June next year, after initially targeting much a smaller group of people.

A first vaccination campaign starting towards the end of December or in January would be targeted at a smaller segment of the population, Macron told a news conference after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

France's top health advisory body said on Monday it had recommended COVID-19 vaccinations should target retirement homes residents and their staff first when doses reach the country. 

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Henri-Pierre Andre, Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Alison Williams) ((sarah.white1@thomsonreuters.com; + 33 (0) 1 49 49 56 85;))

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