France will offer Covid vaccines to 12-18 age group from 15 June

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France will offer from 15 June Covid-19 vaccines to everyone between 12 and 18, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday. During a visit to the village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in southern France, Macron also noted that 50% of French adults have now received at least one Covid vaccine jab, calling it "truly a turning point" in the country's inoculation drive, AFP reported.

Vaccine supplies have increased sharply recently, prompting officials to open up appointments to all adults earlier this week, several weeks ahead of schedule.

The decision to vaccinate teens comes as several countries debate whether doses should be reserved first for adults who are more vulnerable to the virus, or start inoculating youths in a bid to protect more of the population sooner.

Macron was in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to launch a nationwide tour ahead of next year's presidential election, as well as regional elections set for later this month.

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