France reaches its goal of 20m Covid vaccine first doses

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France reached its goal on Saturday of 20 million initial doses of coronavirus vaccines, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted ahead of long awaited restrictions easing, news wires reported. Macron announced the milestone in a tweet that said "20 million" with a green checkmark, a number that represents around 30% of the population. Health officials said the exact figure was 20,086,792; with 8,805,345 people having also had a second vaccine dose.

"I'm reasonably optimistic," PM Jean Castex told journalists while visiting the mass vaccination site at the Porte de Versailles conference centre in Paris on Friday. The government aims to have 30 million initial doses injected by 15 June, when Macron has said all adults will be able to sign up for a jab currently reserved for priority groups and adults over 50.

Authorities also reported further declines in the number of patients requiring intensive care in hospitals.

On Wednesday, museums, theatres, cinemas and concert halls will reopen with limited capacity after six weeks of closure to halt the pandemic, and the nationwide curfew will be pushed back to 9pm (19:00 GMT) from 7pm.

Non-essential shops will also reopen and outdoor seating at cafes and restaurants will be allowed for the first time since 30 October.

Cafes and restaurants will be able to serve clients indoors on 9 June, and the curfew will be fully lifted on 30 June if infection rates continue to decline.

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