Paris, December 24 France officially approved the use of the coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and German BioNTech on the 24th. French officials said on the same day that President Macron no longer has symptoms of COVID-19 infection and can end quarantine.
The French High Health Agency announced on the 24th that it approved the use of Pfizer vaccine, saying that it can be used in people over 16 years old and has satisfactory efficacy and tolerance. This is the last regulatory approval step that Pfizer vaccine must accept before it is put into vaccination in France.
The European Union Drug Administration made a positive assessment of the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine this week. The European Commission approved the conditional market of the vaccine within the European Union, and the first batch of vaccines will be shipped from Pfizer’s production base in Belgium.
The Elysee Palace of the French presidential palace issued a press release on the 24th, saying that Macron has not shown any symptoms of COVID-19 infection and can end the seven-day quarantine under the current health regulations.
The press release also pointed out in particular that Macron once again called on the importance of social distancing, room ventilation, wearing masks, washing hands frequently, etc. on Christmas Eve; he wished the French people a happy holiday during this “special period”.
After Macron was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on the 17th, he went to the presidential residence in Versailles for quarantine. The Elysee Palace said that Macron still handled government affairs during his illness and held meetings on schedule. During the quarantine, he also talked with British Prime Minister Johnson, Russian President Putin, German Chancellor Merkel and other dignitaries by telephone.
As of press time, Macron did not appear in public on the 24th. He commented positively on the agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom on the future relationship on that day through social media, noting that the EU’s unity and firm position paid off.
According to the latest official epidemic data, France added 21,634 confirmed cases on the 24th, with a total of 2527,509 confirmed cases. The number of COVID-19 deaths in France is now 62,268, and 290 new deaths.