French Health Minister Olivier Veran
French Health Minister Olivier Veran visits a COVID-19 screening test facility set up at the 23rd edition of the festival dedicated this year to health workers, at the Hippodrome de Longchamp race course on July 4, 2021, in Paris. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: Health Minister Olivier Veran on Sunday urged as many French people as possible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, warning that France could be heading for a fourth wave of the epidemic by the end of the month due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.

"For five days, (the infection rate) hasn't come down - it's rising again. Because of the Delta variant, which is very contagious. The British example shows that a fourth wave is possible from the end of July," Veran said on Twitter.

"We must move even faster (on vaccination). Our country is in a race against time."