The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has brought a “tidal wave” of new cases, according to the WHO. France has seen record numbers of positive cases – as have several other EU states. This week, President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “piss off” the unvaccinated, limiting their access to certain social spaces like restaurants and cinemas as a means of convincing more of them to get their jabs. Meanwhile, more and more EU member states seem to be moving towards making vaccination mandatory. Austria is set to become the first EU country to make the jabs obligatory, as of February – with the measure valid until 2024.
Others are considering it, and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen wants an EU-wide discussion about the idea.
We delve deeper into the issue with two MEPs.
Produced by Georgina Robertson, Isabelle Romero, Yi Song, Céline Schmitt and Perrine Desplats.
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Source: France 24