Symbol of the promised acceleration of the vaccination campaign, the Stade de France opened its doors to the first injections on Tuesday, D-Day also for millions of children and parents who are returning to school at home to fight against the Covid-19.
A showcase for the exploits of the Blues, the Stade de France joins other venues – the Vélodrome in Marseille in mid-March or the Groupama Stadium in Lyon (10,000 bites during the Easter weekend) – in the list of major centers of vaccination wanted by the government.
“We will start with 15 vaccination lines, to reach 1,500 each day. We will then try to climb to 2,500 or 3,000,” Jean-Christophe Combe, director general of the Red Cross, told AFP on site.
The objective of the health authorities is to achieve initially 10,000 injections per week in this enclosure in Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in France, hard hit by the Covid from the first wave, and where the rate of The incidence was still close to 800 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, according to the latest figures on Friday.
Vaccination at the Stade de France is “quite a symbol”, welcomed Prime Minister Jean Castex during a visit at the end of the afternoon.
He took the opportunity to confirm the objective of 10 million injected doses by mid-April, or even “from the end of this week”.
– Military hospitals –
Other large vaccination centers also opened on Tuesday.
“As of today, like the other seven military hospitals, we are open to the general public,” Colonel Charles, deputy director of the Lavéran military hospital, told AFP in the neighborhoods. popular in the north of Marseille.
“We were apprehensive since we had to accommodate a large number of civilian patients, but it went well”, added at the other end of France Barbara, deputy chief doctor of the Army instruction hospital Clermont-Tonnerre from Brest.
The acceleration of the campaign can be seen in the numbers. In the first six days of April, 1.3 million injections were performed, out of a total of 12.7 million since December 27. So far, 3.2 million people have been vaccinated (two doses) and 9.5 million have received their first injection.
The government is counting on larger supplies this month, with more than 12 million doses expected.
But even at a higher rate, vaccination will not prevent a very tense situation in hospitals.
The bar of 30,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in France was exceeded on Tuesday (30,639), which had not happened since the end of November, during the second wave of the epidemic.
Among these patients, 5,600 are in intensive care, well above the peak of the second wave (4,900 in mid November) and less and less far from that of the first (7,000 in April 2020). In one year, 71,208 people have died from Covid in hospital (97,301 in total).
“The services are not overwhelmed, the hospital is adapting”, but “there are increasingly important deprogramming which frees up staff to assign them to the care of Covid patients”, underlined on Cnews the president of the Hospital Federation of France, Frédéric Valletoux.
“We are gradually raising the sheave beds – we have exceeded 8,000 – as needs increase, to deprogram as little care as possible”, assured the Minister of Health Olivier Véran to the Assembly.
– Bugs –
The circulation of the epidemic seems to have stopped its progression at a high level in Ile-de-France or in Hauts-de-France. But beyond these two regions where the restrictive measures had been strengthened on March 20, the virus has spread throughout France.
The Minister of Health had counted Friday on a peak of contaminated people by “7 to 10 days approximately”, before a peak in intensive care two weeks later, that is to say at the end of April, when the primary pupils would resume the way of the classes.
When can we remove the mask? Will there still be containment? How will the summer be? Guest star of a 3rd grade class in video Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron confirmed to college students a cautious post-confinement from mid-May.
In the meantime, more than 10 million schoolchildren, college and high school students have returned to distance education, as last year, after the early closure of schools last Friday.
And like last year, many “bugs” have been reported by teachers, parents and students, due to saturated networks, making digital workspaces inaccessible.
“We have the impression that no lesson has been learned,” lamented Sophie Vénétitay, of Snes-FSU, the first secondary school union.
For his part, the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, assured that part of the problems could be explained by attacks on computer servers from abroad.
From Friday evening, France will begin two weeks of unified school holidays, before a return to class hoped for on April 26 for primary.