French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that making vaccination compulsory to rein in the new coronavirus would not be very helpful, as that move would bring more problems than solutions.
Reuters reports that Castex made the remarks while talking to BFM TV and RMC Radio. Reuters quotes him as saying:
We already have some difficulties to control the health pass compliance. Those difficulties would be even bigger if we made vaccination compulsory.
On Wednesday, France registered a record of more than 332 252 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and a further 246 COVID deaths in hospitals.
Italy on Wednesday made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people from the age of 50, one of very few European countries to take similar steps, in an attempt to ease pressure on its health service and reduce fatalities.
In November last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) allowed governments to impose mandatory COVID-19 vaccination as the world faced the threat of Omicron, a coronavirus variant that was first detected in South Africa at the end of that month.
WHO, however, warned that governments must exhaust all measures to encourage voluntary inoculation.
Mid-December 2021, President Emmerson Mnangagwa warned members of the public that if vaccine uptake remains low, the Zimbabwean Government could make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory.