French lawmakers approve tougher COVID - 19 vaccine passes

French lawmakers approve tougher COVID - 19 vaccine passes

Paris 15 January ANI Sputnik France's National Assembly adopted a bill to toughen vaccine passes across the country as a result of an increase in COVID 19 cases.

Strengthening the means of combating the sanitary crisis and changing the public health code. The bill was adopted by the National Assembly on a new reading, the lower house wrote on Twitter.

A vaccine pass is required on long-distance trains, cafes, cultural institutions, and restaurants, according to the bill. The document will only be issued to those who have been vaccinated against COVID - 19. The QR code will no longer be given to those who have recovered from the virus or have a negative test result.

The bill was ratified by the house by 185 votes in favor, 69 against and eight abstaining.

The text is to be considered by the Senate until the end of the day. It is expected to get final approval from the lower house on Sunday.

In late December 2021, the French authorities announced the preparation of a bill that would replace sanitary passes with vaccine ones due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron coronaviruses strain.

The bill was originally supposed to come into force on January 15, but it was later postponed in the Senate and in the National Assembly.

In the past few weeks, the number of COVID 19 cases in France has risen sharply. On Friday alone, the country reported 329,371 new infections. The total number of COVID 19 cases in France for the entire period of the epidemic is estimated to be 13 million with 126,721 deaths.