By: George William
Politico released an article yesterday describing how France is getting closer to mandating the Covid vaccine through necessity to conduct business.
The bill, passed by France’s Senate, would make vaccination mandatory for some professions and would make either vaccination for a negative Covid test, obligatory in order to partake in cultural and leisure spaces, as well as travel.
Before the bill can be made law, it needs to be passed the France’s House of Parliament as well.
The bill has faced massive backlash from the French citizenry. There was over 160,000 people protesting the action. The protesters denounced what they call a “sanitary dictatorship” and claim the health passes violate individual freedom.
The French President had this to say in response, “What is your freedom worth if you say you don’t want to get vaccinated, but if tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself? I’m a victim of your freedom. When you had the possibility to protect yourself and to protect me,” Macron told reporters while visiting a hospital on the island of Tahiti. “That is not freedom, that is irresponsibility and selfishness.”
According to CNBC, New South Wales, Australia, home to more than 5 million people, has been in lockdown for over a month and has reported 145 new cases of Covid.
As in France, there were anti-lockdown protests that took place in Australia over the weekend. State chief health officer Kerry Chant called the protests “distressing”.
State police commissioner Mick Fuller said some 10,000 people had called the police hotline to report people suspected of breaking lockdown orders. Police knew of plans for a repeat protest and similar behavior “won’t be tolerated again”, he added.