The essentials This measure is part of Operation Resilience, which is being led by the French Army to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Up to 50,000 doses can be administered per week.
The Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced this Saturday April 3rd that vaccination centers would be opening in seven French military hospitals from Tuesday April 6th. These “seven army training hospitals (HIA) will increase their capacity to vaccinate the French population,” said the ministry.
The hospitals affected are located in Île-de-France (Clamart and Saint-Mandé), in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Marseille and Toulon), in Brest, Metz and Bordeaux. “The vaccination is carried out by personnel from the army health service. The logistics chain is completely ensured by specialized soldiers,” explains the ministry, which estimates that this measure should allow management of up to 50,000 doses per week “in the long term”.
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Other military vaccination centers may need to be opened “in accordance with the needs expressed by the Ministry of Health and Solidarity”. This measure is part of Operation Resilience, the military mission launched by Emmanuel Macron in March 2020. This will mobilize the country’s armed forces to help the population cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.