► Probable new health restrictions to be announced soon
Faced with the increase in the circulation of Covid-19 and the threat of a more contagious form, the government stands ready to take new health restrictions, even if a national containment does not appear to be on the agenda in the ‘immediate.
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According to a pattern that has become usual, decisions could be taken Wednesday, January 13 at a health defense council around the head of state, before a new government press conference the next day. The addition of territories, or even a generalization of the curfew at 6 p.m., is one of the hypotheses being studied.
► The “mastered and under control” variant in Marseille
The Marseille cluster linked to the English variant of the new coronavirus is “Under control and under control”, said Tuesday, January 12 the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur. The 24 patients from the epidemic center, who were probably all infected with this strain, are isolated. “The cluster […] will be considered closed when the last of the positive patients placed in isolation for seven days has tested negative ”, said the ARS.
► Elderly people outside nursing homes vaccinated in Nancy
While vaccination remains in principle reserved for nursing staff and residents of retirement homes until Wednesday, a flaw in the Doctolib appointment system has enabled some Nancy patients over 75 years old and living outside nursing homes. to get vaccinated this Tuesday.
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The government is targeting 400,000 people vaccinated by the end of the week. The number of vaccination centers should increase from 200 today to 350 at the end of the week, and 600 at the end of the month, declared the Minister Delegate in charge of autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon.
During a hearing before the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran defended the designation of the private platforms for making medical appointments online Doctolib, Maiia and Keldoc, considered as “Solid” for vaccination of the general public. He also indicated that a case “Adverse reaction of an allergic nature” the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been observed in France; this one experienced a “Favorable outcome”.
Even though vaccination campaigns are accelerating around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that one should not hope to achieve herd immunity in 2021.
► Europe examines the request for authorization of AstraZeneca vaccine
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Tuesday January 12 that it had received a marketing authorization request for the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine. After an expedited review, the agency is expected to render its decision as early as January 29.
The vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is cheaper, easier to store and transport than that of its rivals. The European Commission has also announced that it has concluded exploratory talks with the Franco-Austrian biotech Valneva, from which it plans to purchase up to 60 million doses of vaccine. The EU is also in discussions with the American Novavax for the purchase of 200 million doses.
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► China confines five million inhabitants
China decided on Tuesday to confine as a precaution five million inhabitants of Langfang, a manufacturing city bordering Beijing, after detecting a case of coronavirus there.
For a period of seven days, residents can no longer leave the borders of their municipality, all family reunions are canceled, weddings postponed and funeral ceremonies simplified. All residents will be screened. The country has largely contained the virus on its soil, with zero deaths since May. Regularly confronted with small “Clusters”, she treats them quickly with lockdowns, massive screenings and travel restrictions.
► The organizers deny discussions on a cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee General Manager Toshiro Muto on Tuesday called ” fake news “ Japanese media speculation that the fate of the Olympics should be discussed in February with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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For his part, the president of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, considered that he was “Absolutely impossible” to postpone the Games after the heavy investments, especially human, undertaken so far.