A senior French hospitals official said Wednesday that studies have shown the AstraZeneca vaccine - currently suspended in France - is as efficient as the Pfizer vaccine.
“Maybe people are being overly cautious,” Remi Salomon told BFM TV.
“My fear is that we are in France where many people are vaccine hesitant, I’d almost say defiant, I fear people will not interpret this the right way.”
Salomon said in order to stop the recent surge in covid-19 cases in the Paris region contact with other people needs to be minimized, but he believes a weekend lockdown will not be enough.
“If it's a weekend lockdown, during the week, the virus continues to circulate, people continue to see each other at work, people continue to see each other inside shops," Salomon said.
“We need to have measures during the week too,” he added.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Tuesday France is experiencing a “third wave” of the coronavirus pandemic.
The country registered 29,975 new cases Tuesday, according to figures from the French health ministry.