Covid-19: the French reluctant to use the Modern vaccine, which we will nevertheless need for the third dose

LOVED IT – Moderna vaccine stocks are now well above Pfizer’s. However, if the latter is acclaimed by the French, Moderna inspires reluctance that may complicate the campaign to administer the booster dose, heading into the “fifth wave”.

“Is this Pfizer?”, “We prefer Pfizer”, or “We had Pfizer for the first two doses” … This is what this nurse hears all day. A vaccination center in Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes), broke in because he did not ask for an appointment … and because he was administered the Comirnaty vaccine (his real name), from the Pfizer laboratory. “Because it went without an appointment and it was Pfizer, both of them,” confirms a lady who came to receive her booster dose this morning, and whom we see in the TF1 report at the head of this article. However, as specified by the Cagnes-sur-Mer nurse, “you have to know that the third injection can also Modern”. The withdrawal campaign has only just begun, and this preference for the vaccine is already causing tension.

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France affected by a fifth wave of Covid-19

Pfizer is popular with healthcare professionals too, but not for the same reasons. “It is true that with Pfizer it is easier”, explains the Parisian pharmacist Yorick Berger, in any case “from a technical point of view: a bottle contains five doses, and once opened you have to find enough people to be there”. vaccinated so as not to lose any. “The Moderna vial (Spikevax, her real name) can be used in half doses and allows ten injections, but all of these are vaccine candidates that must be collected quickly. City keepers and ordered last week a total of 3.2 million doses of Pfizer for 800,000 Moderna, or a quarter.

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The risk of myocarditis, a source of mistrust?

The reluctance inspired by the Moderna vaccine is largely due to the risk of myocarditis that its use induces, although studies tend to put this in perspective: cases are rare and so far without serious consequences. Now not recommended for those under 30, a young population for whom this risk is more pronounced, this messenger RNA vaccine, like Pfizer’s, would nonetheless be more effective than its competitor. And according to the CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, “the data now published by a large number of countries shows that the Moderna vaccine lasts much longer than the Pfizer.”

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As the recall campaign begins and vaccination centers reopen, stocks demonstrate the imbalance caused by mistrust of the Spikevax vaccine: 5 million doses of Pfizer will be sold, compared to 20 million for Moderna. Professionals know that it will be necessary to convince, so as not to quickly stop the vaccination campaign in the face of the “fifth wave”.

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