Vaccination: the president of the Grand Est denounces “a state scandal”

The president of the Grand Est region, Jean Rottner, denounced Monday “a state scandal” concerning the slowness of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in France.

Jean Rottner

The president of the Grand Est region, Jean Rottner, denounced Monday “a state scandal” concerning the slowness of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in France.

“I consider that today we are facing a state scandal”, declared Jean Rottner (LR) questioned on France 2 on the government’s strategy for vaccination.

“We are pursuing a policy which has proved its failure in the past: masks, tests, today vaccination”, he added, pointing to “a form of unpreparedness, irresponsibility ”.

Faced with the doubts of some French people on vaccination, there is “a government which praises the slowness at certain times and since yesterday, hyper-accelerates”, continued the president of the Grand Est region, a doctor by training and which has been particularly heard since the start of the epidemic.

“We are made fun of”

“We are made fun of. Today to be vaccinated, it becomes more complicated than buying a car ”, he criticized, adding that his objective was to have“ less deaths and people who suffer less ”.

“Things must speed up, be extremely transparent vis-à-vis the French”, demanded Jean Rottner, asking “officially” that local authorities can, “once the European stocks have run out, be at the origin vaccine orders ”and that“ all health professionals to vaccinate ”be allowed.

“The French need clarity, reliable messages, a government that knows where it is going and it does not give that impression there”, declared the president of the Grand Est region.

On RTL, the PS mayor of Nancy, Mathieu Klein, also asked that local communities be more involved in the vaccination campaign.

“We have a proven organization since the start of the crisis. I think that if the trust is there between the State and the local communities, we will be able to organize a mass vaccination campaign, it is the only solution to finally get out of it ”, declared Mathieu Klein, whose“ concern remains very high ”as for the rebound of the epidemic in his city.

“Trust between the state and local communities is the key to getting out of the health crisis,” added the elected official, who would have been in favor of a re-containment in view of the epidemic situation in his department of Meurthe-et- Moselle.

“Let us speed up the availability of the number of doses and we can accelerate the generalization”, considered Mathieu Klein, believing that the vaccination campaign should not “revolve (r) exclusively around the fears of those who express them”, but also “respond to the desire to get out of those very many who say so too”.

(with AFP)