Europe has reached the milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus
deaths as nations scramble to tackle a worsening crisis with
winter approaching.
In response, France accelerated its Covid booster rollout and
Germany, with fatalities and infections surging, weighed new
In Paris, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Covid-19 booster
shots would be accessible to all adults starting this weekend.
From January 15, people over 18 would need to show proof of
a top-up vaccine dose to maintain a valid Covid pass, which is
required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, and other public
The minister said the stringent measure could see France
through the fifth wave without recourse to another lockdown,
which the government is desperately trying to avoid.