France Ends Vaccine Passports Just in Time for Election

France Ends Vaccine Passports Just in Time for Election

(RepublicanNews.org) – As the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly continues to get better, many areas are doing away with extreme restrictions they had put in place to “flatten the curve.” Despite the increasing pressure from their governments, many people globally elected not to vaccinate.

While they didn’t enjoy all the same freedoms vaccinated people did, it appears they may have won for now, at least in France, where they just announced a suspension of their vaccine passports. Oddly enough, the government made the announcement just before their presidential election.

Jean Castex, France’s Prime Minister, noted the country would suspend its vaccine passport requirements on March 14. Castex said the suspension comes as a result of decreased infections. In addition, French indoor venues no longer require citizens to wear masks to gain entry. The French government still requires vaccine passports and masks to enter nursing homes and other elder-care and healthcare facilities. It also requires masks for public transportation.

Since August, the country has required people to show proof of vaccination to enter gyms, theaters, cafés and several other indoor venues. Now, France joins a number of European countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and others in scrapping or suspending such requirements. Protests erupted in French cities after the introduction of the vaccine passport system.

Despite severe constraints on their movements and freedoms, many French people decided to fight the COVID-19 requirements and restrictions. With the suspension of these requirements, it appears the French government’s efforts have failed, leaving any future COVID-19 mitigation orders in question.

Many parts of the United States have also begun lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Like France, the easing of these policies comes ahead of elections, undoubtedly a way for politicians like French President Emmanuel Macron to gain popularity in hopes of gaining re-election. Are these moves temporary? Or are they here to stay as many COVID-19 policies seem to be unpopular among many around the world?

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