Anti-Covid vaccine: lack of agreement with the EU, the French-Austrian laboratory Valneva resorts to country-by-country discussions
In the absence of an agreement with the European Union, the French-Austrian laboratory Valneva announces that it is resorting to country-by-country discussions to provide its candidate vaccine against Covid-19.
Convinced that discussions with the EU have not achieved “significant progress” to date, Valneva -which announced in early April positive initial results for the first phase of its clinical study on its possible vaccine-, indicates that as a result , give “priority to the discussions on centralized supply that are currently taking place with the European Commission”.
More than 2,000 deaths recorded in 24 hours in India
The outbreak of the epidemic continues in India, faced with a new variant. The country recorded more than 2,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday and nearly 300,000 new cases in 24 hours, representing one of the highest daily tolls in the world since the start of the pandemic, according to official data.
Figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that 295,000 new cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 15.6 million infections in India. A total of 2,023 deaths have been registered, bringing the total balance of the pandemic to 182,553 deaths in the country.
Define quickly? Epidemiologists Warn: “Today would be too premature”
With still more than 32,000 contaminations per day, France is still far from being rid of the Covid-19 epidemic. Under these conditions, is distrust really possible in mid-May? “A priori, all reasons suggest that this downward dynamic will not allow us to reach 10,000 daily cases in mid-May, as it was at the end of the second wave,” he reacts in Launch the epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux.
“I have the impression that the government has radically changed its doctrine,” he continues. It no longer takes time to reach a low level of contamination. It’s very dangerous. By publishing the measurements too early, you run the risk that the descent slows or even stops and that all these efforts have been made unnecessarily. “
“It would be too premature to open the country today,” epidemiologist Antoine Flahault tells RTL. “France is on the right track and must do everything possible to maintain this course,” warned the specialist, for whom the current semi-containment regime should be extended for three weeks. “As for the human cost, it is simply not sustainable to bet on a new plateau”, adds the epidemiologist Pascal Crépey, questioned by Launch.
Most French are in favor of a strict protocol for back to school on Monday
How will the return of children from primary school to school be organized next week? Pending a health protocol for resumption on Monday, the SNES-FSU union ordered a poll from the OpinionWay institute. Regarding the health measures for the beginning of the school year, 83% of those questioned want “a strict protocol for the definition of contact cases” and the closure of the class to break the transmissions of the first contamination – and not after three cases, according to the reporting protocol currently in force.
In addition, respondents are overwhelmingly in favor of other measures to prevent pollution in schools: the free provision of masks to students (79%), the installation of CO2 detectors and ventilation systems in classrooms (75%) or including the organization of massive and regular Trial Operations (73%).
For 79% of the French, teachers should be vaccinated as a priority.
For 79% of French people, teachers and teaching staff should be able to get vaccinated as a priority, according to an OpinionWay survey for the SNES-FSU union published on Wednesday.
To the question “do you think teachers and teaching staff should be vaccinated first?”, 79% of those surveyed answered positively.
Vaccination “dedicated spaces” have been open since last weekend for teachers 55 and older. But according to the current schedule, those under 55 will have to wait until mid-June to get vaccinated. For 75% of those surveyed, this calendar is “too late”.
The clue of a planned territorialized deconfinition
“To date,” the schedule has not changed: Elementary students must return to class on April 26, middle and high school students on May 3, before a wider reopening, including terraces of cafes and restaurants and cultural places, since mid-May. But, will this deconfinement be done uniformly throughout the territory?
In an interview with Telegram this Tuesday, Olivier Véran evoked the track of localized adaptations. “Then we will be able to consider a certain amount of reductions in the measures starting in mid-May,” explained the Health Minister, saying that he was “open to the idea of a territory-by-territory approach in lifting the measures. Braking” .
It is true that the health situation is heterogeneous in France: although pollution remains at a high level, the west of the country is more protected, with fewer hospitalizations and deaths recorded. You can consult the situation department by department with our infographics.
New Health Defense Council
Discussions continue within the executive this Wednesday morning, with a new Health Defense Council at the Elysee. A week before the reopening of nursery and primary schools, the ministers remain cautious about the modalities of release from this third confinement. They claim to “expect” a reopening on the promised horizon, in mid-May, of the terraces of cafes and restaurants.
Tension in the healthcare system is not easing
Hello everyone and welcome to this new concert dedicated to the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic. In France it seems to be starting a downward slope, but it still seems too fragile to quickly relax the restrictive measures: there is still an average of more than 32,000 contaminations per day, according to the latest official data.
The virus’s reproduction rate (R0), a key indicator that corresponds to the number of people infected for a single patient, has “fallen below 0.9”, noted epidemiologist Antoine Flahault at RTL, and predicted that the decline will increase. in the following days. come.
This is especially the case in Ile-de-France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Occitanie and New-Aquitaine, explained Professor Flahault. According to him, only Creuse is cause for concern, with “clusters of new variants”.
But at the same time, the tension in the health system is not weakening: France had 31,086 hospitalized patients, including almost 6,000 in intensive care, a figure that health authorities closely follow and want to avoid congestion in hospitals. The level is lower than the peak of the first wave in April 2020 (7000), but higher than that of the second.