World News: Mass Vaccination Becomes A Political Agenda

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French President Emmanuel Macron, facing a tough reelection, is gambling on politicizing the coronavirus pandemic by exceeding the nation’s health status, integrating inflated vaccination numbers into its balance sheet could thus be a cornerstone of its programme.

More than a health problem, the issue of mass vaccination, and more broadly of coronavirus pandemic management, has now become a political issue on which many governments will likely be judged. The capacity for a country and the government associated with it, whatever they are, to organize a vaccination campaign in fact highlights several elements that are as much a matter of its power as its degree of evolution.

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In France, the procrastination that preceded the current situation was very poorly understood by public opinion, which did not understand, and rightly, the delays in the seriousness of the situation. The question thus arises whether this same opinion will be the same one will be of concern to the President of the Republic who before the arrival of the vaccine had made the bet that the country would learn to live with the virus.

Criticisms and Dysfunctions

At the same time, by deciding not to reconfine in a harsh way in the image of what had been undertaken in March-April 2020, the Elysée makes the covid-19 no longer a health problem but a political issue.

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A few months before the presidential election some will recognize that the bet is risky but at least has the advantage of posing the President of the Republic, at least is his intention, as a true decision maker of the nation, cutting and sharp in the heart without worrying about comments or oppositions.

Assuming that the coronavirus will not forever punctuate the existence of the French and that its management will be among the criticisms directed at it, Emmanuel Macron has decided to integrate the management of the health crisis as a building block of his balance sheet.

And the President of the Republic to present it not as a fatality that has befallen the country but as a revelation of the dysfunctions of our health system, the difficulties faced by students and highlighted by the pandemic, the discomfort of caregivers.

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In addition to realities that the head of state, a candidate to succeed him, has gone through the prism of politicization to make them no longer weaknesses of his current mandate but of the strengths of a potential future mandate.

Bounce and Urns

It would then be unbelievable to accuse him of having failed to learn from a crisis on an international scale in which France is plunged.

However, to suggest that the nation will be able to rebuild itself on the effects of the pandemic does not necessarily respond to the current situation, especially in view of a possible severe rebound of the epidemic that would suffocate a hospital system on the brink of asphyxiation, schools moved to juggle distancing and pre-select teaching formulas, telecommuting-driven enterprises and an economy that has been exhausted by nearly a year of yo-yo between resumption of activity and additional confinement period.

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It is therefore true of this observation that the bet is the most-risky because the President of the Republic will be the only one to be judged in the polls for management. However, if his opponents can only burden him with reproaches, he will be able to put forward a series of acts.

And with thirteen months to go until the first round of the presidential election, this set of acts will form part of the five-year balance sheet. After the health crisis, politics takes over...


Bio: Olivier Longhi has extensive experience in European history. A seasoned journalist with fifteen years of experience, he is currently professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held a variety of publishing positions, including Head of Agency and Chief of Publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, editor, and editorial project manager, he has trained and managed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant, and a communications consultant.

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