Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, arrived in Madagascar on May 13 to help launch the vaccination campaign for the French community (more than 15,000 officially registered) and other Europeans who meet current French eligibility criteria. On this occasion, he inaugurated the vaccination center set up by the French Embassy in Antananarivo. A 6,000-dose lot was delivered there.
The minister was hosted by Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina, and he met with Foreign Minister Djacoba Liva Tehindrazanarivelo. Mr. Lemoyne reiterated our solidarity in the face of the health crisis and explained our procedure for vaccinating the French and European communities. He reaffirmed our desire to strengthen bilateral relations. He also recalled the priorities of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)’s French Presidency, which will begin on May 20.
This visit comes as Madagascar launches its vaccination campaign with the delivery of an initial vaccine lot with the help of the COVAX Facility, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. France is providing about €560 million toward funding these goals, in addition to its contribution to European financing, which amounts to €2.5 billion.