► France “on the right track” according to Jean Castex
France is on ” The good way “ a return to “Normal life”, thanks in particular to the good figures of the vaccination, underlined Tuesday the Prime Minister Jean Castex, while warning that there was “Still work” to accomplish. About 48.5 million French people have received at least one dose as of Monday, and 43.9 million, or 65.1% of the population, are considered to be fully vaccinated.
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Fewer than 10 million French people eligible for vaccination have not yet received any dose, the health ministry said, saying that it is wearing a ” particular attention “ to the 600,000 people over 80 in this situation.
► 70% of European adults fully vaccinated
The European Union has reached its target of 70% of adults fully vaccinated, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday. Corn “We must go further”, she estimated. It is in the eastern part of the EU that we find the most backward countries, in the first rank of which Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia.
70% of adults in the EU are fully vaccinated.
Thank you to everyone who made this success possible.
We must go further! More Europeans need to be vaccinated.
And we need to support vaccination in the rest of the world, with our partners. pic.twitter.com/jjlkITWuJD
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) August 31, 2021
► A hundred caregivers in reinforcement in French Polynesia
France will send around 100 caregivers to Polynesia by the end of the week. “Thirty to forty people from the health reserve will arrive on Wednesday evening and add to the 28 already present at the hospital”, said Cédric Bouet, the director of the cabinet of the high commissioner in French Polynesia, where the Covid-19 epidemic has killed 38 people in three days. Other reinforcements, doctors, nurses and orderlies, will arrive at the end of the week.
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► Shopping centers deplore a drop in their footfall
The implementation of the health pass in some French shopping centers is detrimental to overall attendance, estimates the National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC). The employers’ organization evokes “A fall of a quarter of the frequentation in the whole of the shopping centers” compared to August 2019.
“There is total confusion in the minds of our fellow citizens, between the issue of more than 20,000 square meters, that of the incidence rate, the places where the rate is low and where the decrees are not withdrawn, the departments where the orders have been suspended(Yvelines, Haut-Rhin, Essonne) ”, regrets the employers’ organization, which calls for the total suspension of the pass.
► Computer breach: the personal data of thousands of people tested available online
The names, surnames, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and email addresses, as well as the test results of 700,000 people were available online until Friday (August 27, Editor’s note) thanks to “A password that can be found, in clear, in a file accessible to all” on the Francetest site, the Mediapart site revealed on Tuesday.
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This private platform used by pharmacists is used to transmit the results of tests carried out in pharmacies to a government platform. The General Directorate of Health (DGS) reminded pharmacists on Sunday August 29 of the software approved and compatible with the SI-DEP, of which Francetest is not part.
► Vaccine: GSK and SK Bioscience launch phase 3 trials
South Korean company SK Bioscience and British laboratory GSK are starting advanced phase 3 trials for a candidate vaccine against Covid.
These trials – involving 4,000 people in different countries – will “Evaluate the GBP510 vaccine candidate compared to that developed by the AstraZeneca laboratory and the University of Oxford”, indicate the two groups. This study “Will be one of the first in phase 3 to compare two different vaccines against Covid-19”.