Thousands of protesters in France and Greece marched on Wednesday against the inoculation campaigns in both countries after the authorities announced new coronavirus vaccination requirements this week.
Those rules are in keeping with encouragement by the World Health Organization to increase vaccination efforts. The pandemic is “nowhere near finished,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, said at a news briefing on Thursday. Another W.H.O. official, Prof. Didier Houssin, urged countries to discourage mass gatherings.
French and Greek officials announced on Monday that shots would soon be mandatory for health workers. In France, proof of vaccination or a negative test will also be required to enter restaurants, movie theaters and malls starting this month.
Like in many other European countries, vaccinations in France (where 39 percent of those eligible have been fully immunized, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford) and Greece (where that number is at 41 percent) have accelerated over the past few months.