What do they know about France?

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A few days ago when the government announced that people wouldn’t have to self-isolate when they returned from amber list countries if they had been double vaccinated, it seemed as though there was a set rule in place.

Hasn’t the government evidence on how effective vaccines are against the beta variant?

Fast forward a few days and we are now told that anyone returning from France and who had been double vaccinated would have to self-isolate.

Not only has the travel industry thrown its toys out of the pram in understandable anger, people will probably be wary about doing anything involving overseas travelling. Why has the government changed its rules already? What does it know about what is happening in France that has caused it to take this decision?

Whatever it is, I don’t think the French know!

In France, the 14-day case notification rate per 100 000 inhabitants is 63.31 according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) somewhere between a fifth or sixth of what it is in Spain and Portugal. It is only about a half of the rate in Greece and the number in Cyprus is fifteen times as high. Yet double jabbed holidaymakers can travel to these popular destinations (if countries allow Britons to visit) without having to self-isolate on their return.

Cases in the UK seem to be about ten times as high as they are in France

It can’t be the number of cases then that has prompted the British government to act so what is it?

Given that the number of cases has reached 50,000 per day in the UK, you might have thought that it would be France that would move first and stop Britons visiting the country.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) identifies the rising numbers of the beta variant, the variant that was first analysed in South Africa, in France and which has had little impact in the UK so far as the reason for the about-turn in policy.

But it knew this a couple of days ago when the amber list rules were altered so why couldn’t it announce it then?

And that is what is upsetting to many holidaymakers planning a summer break in France, probably the second most popular holiday destination for Britons. Now they will be leave to sort out the mess caused by governement shilly-shallying.

There is appreciation that science must lead but it’s the interpretation that is muddled. What makes the medical advisors think that the beta variant will be worse? It seems nothing because the same announcement from the DHSC says that “it is important to consider the potential detection and transmission risk.” That suggests it doesn’t know the effects of vaccines on the beta variant.

But we have been repeatedly told that the vaccines are capable of dealing with the known variants. The beta variant has been around for some time and there must be evidence of how effective some vaccines are against the strain.

Is the government now saying that they haven’t been telling us the full truth about the efficacy of the vaccines or is just that it can’t make its mind up about what to do?

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