Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne presented on July 4, on the occasion of the first Council of Ministers, a new health emergency bill intended to fight against Covid-19, opening the possibility of a health pass at the borders.
This bill, which will be examined from July 11 in the National Assembly, “will make it possible to extend some absolutely essential provisions to deal with the continuation of the Covid-19 epidemic in our country”, according to the door. – government spokesperson, Olivier Véran at the end of the Council of Ministers. “On the other hand, all the other measures to fight the epidemic […] are no longer part of this bill, ”confirmed the former Minister of Health. Thus, the text does not provide for extending beyond July 31 the possibility of restoring the state of health emergency, nor a health or vaccination pass to restrict access to certain places or gatherings.
In concrete terms, the SI-DEP (screening test results) and SI-VAC (vaccines) computer files will be maintained until March 31, 2023, according to Olivier Véran, who argued that we could “not afford to stop monitoring the circulation of the virus”.
A second article also proposes the possibility, from July 31 and “if the situation should require it, […] to be able to reestablish a pass system, but a pass at the borders or between the metropolitan territory and the Overseas Territories”, continued Olivier Véran, referring to the emergence of a new variant. The prospect of a health pass to be presented when crossing borders at the borders of metropolitan and overseas France had already been mentioned at the end of June when the Atlantico site published a draft bill, the authenticity of which was then confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
According to the latest epidemiological update from Public Health France dated June 30, the circulation of the virus “intensified throughout the metropolitan territory, as did new hospitalizations”.
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