vaccinate as many people as possible

While the government is banking on the acceleration of vaccination, the French are wary of AstraZeneca serum.


With the target of 400,000 injections per day in April, the government is boosting the vaccination. It will however be necessary to show psychology to counter the mistrust of the French towards the serum ofAstraZeneca. A big challenge when the vaccination of the greatest number, including children, appears to be the only solution to one day abandon barrier gestures. In the meantime, health restrictions weigh heavily on the morale of the French and in particular parents of children deprived of school. Good news, however: according to the President of the Republic, there will be no new confinement … by the end of the school year.

Good reading,

Camille Lestienne, journalist at Figaro

1. Race for vaccination

A vaccinodrome has opened at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in Île-de-France. GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS

Vaccinate as soon as possible. The objective of 10 million first-time vaccinated in mid-April should be “anticipated by a few days“, According to the Minister of Health, who wants to be confident about the next delivery of vaccines. Olivier Véran relies on all the levers put in place to speed up vaccination: vaccinodromes, home injections, military centers. Alain Fisher, the government’s Vaccine Mister, aims “a rate of 400,000 injections per day in April». «We are on the right path», He confides to Figaro while judging possible “to loosen the vice very gradually»From May. As for barrier gestures, we would have to deal with it for many more months. According to a study by the Institut Pasteur, to consider abandoning them, it would be necessary to vaccinate 90% of those 65 and over, and between 89 and 100% of those under 65. An unthinkable rate without making vaccination compulsory. The solution? Vaccinate children. “The immunization coverage rate making it possible to do without barrier procedures would then drop to 60-69% of the population.», Reports the Science department of Figaro.

Produce vaccines in France. The major obstacle to vaccination now lies in the slowness of delivery. The French government is counting on the production of vaccines in France to speed up the pace and ensure French health independence. That of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine began on Wednesday in Eure-et-Loir in the factory of the Delphram company responsible for packaging. 15% of its production will be reserved for France, a proportion planned by the European Union for France. “We will be able to produce 250 million doses by the end of the year», Indicated Tuesday Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry. It will then be the turn of the Swedish Recipharm to start the production of the formula from the Moderna laboratory at its site in Indre-et-Loire, while Sanofi will participate in the formulation and filling of the vials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its site. by Marcy-l’Étoile.

Overcome reluctance towards AstraZeneca. Vaccination campaign meets further turbulence: European Medicines Agency (EMA) has linked rare severe thrombosis cases to AstraZeneca vaccine and believes blood clots should be listed as “very rare” side effect “. A “infinitesimal risk», Underlines the Sciences du Figaro service. In dispersed order, European countries have imposed age restrictions on the use of the vaccine: not recommended for those under 60 in Germany, Italy, Spain, 55 in Belgium and France, 30 in the United Kingdom. Even if the European regulator maintains that the risk / benefit balance remains “positive“, Will that be enough to convince the French when a new complaint has been filed by a family after the death of a loved one? Last weekend, withdrawals increased in vaccination centers in northern France. “It is obvious that all the vaccines which have been validated by the European and French health authorities are good vaccines.“, Reassured the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin traveling in the region while doctors and pharmacists try in vain to convince frightened patients. Appointments to be vaccinated with Pfizer / BioNTech serum, on the other hand, fill up quickly. It must be said that the American laboratory collects the good news: 91% effectiveness six months after the injection of the second dose, 100% effectiveness over 12-15 year olds and, according to preliminary results, the vaccine would also be effective against the South African variant.

2. The French put to the test of confinement

Confinement plays on the mental health of the French. shocky /

Mental health is invited on all fronts. The psychological state of the French is not flourishing. According to a survey, 71% of them believe that the health crisis has had a negative impact on their mental health. What weighs the most? The restriction of freedoms, the breakdown of social ties or the uncertainty about the future. But on the other side of the scale, we discover in a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry that psychological or neurological problems are diagnosed for one in three former Covid patients. Anxiety (17%) and mood disorders (14%) are the most common. It is the eternal ridge line on which the decision to confine rests. At the same time, the epidemic continues to progress: 5,729 patients in intensive care, 433 deaths in 24 hours. Is confinement the solution to limit the number of deaths, wonders the computer graphics department of the Figaro. In Germany and the United Kingdom, it is said to have slowed down deaths from Covid but researchers are worried about “time bombs“What are the“Explosion of mental health problems”, especially among the youngest and “Learning delays”. The parents of students know it well, they who were confronted with the failure of the start of the remote school Tuesday after having been obliged to reorganize in urgency with the announcement of the closure of the establishments.

A dose of optimism. Three elements in terms of good news: Emmanuel Macron thinks that there will be no new confinement by the end of the school year. This is what he said Tuesday to college students during a virtual class. On the front of the fight against the disease, trials conducted on an antiviral drug against Covid are very promising. Molnupiravir is more potent than the only antiviral drug currently authorized in the United States against Sars-CoV-2, Remdesivir. Finally, Iceland is opening its arms wide to vaccinated tourists. No quarantine or PCR for those who have already received two doses of the vaccine. Travelers who have already contracted the virus can also enter the country without restriction upon presentation of a positive serological test or PCR test older than 14 days. Something to dream about.

3. To know everything about vaccines

To know the latest information on vaccines against Covid-19, the progress of the vaccination campaign, the schedule, the specifics of the vaccines, the side effects, Le Figaro invites you to visit his regularly updated article.

4. Curfew and containment, instructions for use

France is under curfew since December 15. It is forbidden to leave your home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., under penalty of a fine of 135 euros. However, there are derogatory grounds for which a certificate must be presented.

Covid-19: here is the travel certificate which now applies to all of France

Added to this curfew are sanitary restrictions throughout France since Saturday April 3. Non-essential shops are closed, teleworking is reinforced, day trips are limited to 10 km. Beyond that, a certificate is required.

Since January 31, borders of France with countries outside the European Union are closed. Travel outside the European area and to the French overseas departments and territories is only authorized for very specific personal, medical and professional reasons, death of a loved one, health reasons, professional reasons, etc. The travel service of Figaro gives you the details.

5. Reflexes to keep

A few simple steps can limit the spread of the virus. Here they are :

  • Wash your hands every hour or use hydroalcoholic gel
  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Avoid kissing or shaking hands
  • Wear a mask in public spaces when respect for physical distances is not guaranteed.

Covid-19 is transmitted by droplets (respiratory secretions), by close contact with an infected person, especially when the latter coughs or sneezes. But it can also be transmitted through the air. The virus also remains viable for a few hours on different surfaces.

The disease manifests itself in several symptoms. In 9 out of 10 cases, this results in a fever below 39 ° C. According to the World Health Organization, this fever is most often accompanied by fatigue, signs of shortness of breath and a dry cough. Often a loss of smell and taste.

7. What to do in case of symptoms?

The most important thing is to get tested. According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, you should, in case of symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor who will prescribe a test. While waiting for the result, you must isolate yourself, wear a mask and prepare a list of people you could have infected.

If the test is positive, the Primary Health Insurance Fund will contact people likely to be infected. You must then remain isolated for at least 8 days, taking care not to infect your loved ones. Watch your health. In case of fever, take paracetamol. If necessary, schedule a follow-up remote consultation with your doctor. If you feel that you are having difficulty breathing, call 15.

If the test is negative, contact your doctor and follow his instructions.

See you next week.


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