Indian variant in France, vaccine for children 12-15 years old … Pandemic update

On Tuesday, France was still the exception in Europe. The Indian variant, found in a dozen countries, including our neighbors in Germany, Switzerland or Italy, has not yet been officially registered in France, Health Minister Olivier Veran said. This is now done. The B.1.617 strain was detected as a result of a positive test carried out in Lot-et-Garonne on a person returning from India, the New Aquitaine Regional Health Agency reported on Thursday to BFMTV. Another man, also back from India and sick, is also the subject of suspicion in Bordeaux.

India is still struggling to cope with the tsunami of new Covid-19 cases on its soil, which clogs its hospitals and breaks daily death records. The death toll from coronavirus at the scene on Wednesday exceeded 200,000. The country recorded 3,645 new deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, 350 more than the day before, a new record. In response, the United States announced on Wednesday an emergency dispatch of over $ 100 million in Covid-19 equipment to India.

At the same time, a deconfinement plan is taking shape in France. Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a four-phase plan that begins on May 3 with the removal of daytime travel restrictions.

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  • Deconfinement in France: Macron’s plan

May 3, May 19, June 9, June 30: Here are four dates to remember for the executive’s desired deconfinement plan. The first step will be to lift travel restrictions. The following, step by step, will push back the curfew and allow the opening of new businesses and cultural sites.

“Emergency brakes” will come into effect on May 19. An incidence rate of over 400 in a department or metropolis can seriously undermine his chances of flexibility.

  • France: vaccination extends to obese people

“Therefore, from May 1, we will open vaccinations for all persons over 18 years of age with serious overweight (body mass index over 30). I invite 2.3 million French citizens to visit vaccination centers this weekend, ”the President of the Republic announced in an interview with the regional daily press on Thursday.

  • A vaccine for children 12-15 years old in the EU?

German laboratory BioNTech is about to apply to the European Union for permission to use its Covid-19 vaccine in children 12 to 15 years old, which will make approval possible from June.

In the United States, BioNTech and its partner Pfizer already filed a request in early April for an extension of the urgent vaccine authorization for adolescents aged 12 to 15.

  • 10% positive results on India-Italy flight

About 10% of passengers and crew on the plane that arrived in Rome from India on Wednesday evening tested positive for Covid-19, a health official in Lazio, the region that encompasses the Italian capital, said. All positive people and contact persons were taken to specialized structures “Covid-hotels”, where they were placed in isolation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Europe about easing restrictions, stating that “the situation in India could happen anywhere.”

The severe health crisis that India is currently experiencing may be related to the so-called Indian variant of the coronavirus, but also certain behaviors such as not adhering to health restrictions have been advanced by WHO.

  • Moderna wants to produce three billion doses in 2022

Moderna intends to invest in its production lines to produce up to three billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine in 2022.

The American lab, which has developed a vaccine based on innovative RNA messenger technology like Pfizer / BioNTech, has also revised its 2021 expectations upward and now hopes to deliver between 800 million and 1 billion doses this year.

  • Vaccines: EU faces smear campaigns in Moscow and Beijing

Russia and China are conducting “libel” campaigns to undermine the credibility of vaccines approved by the European Union to host their own vaccines, according to a report released Wednesday by European diplomacy’s anti-disinformation division.

The Russian Sputnik V vaccine currently does not have to have strands. In Brazil, scientists supported the decision of the Brazilian authorities to block the import of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V because the batches analyzed contained an active version of the common virus that causes the common cold.

  • JO-2020: Local Audience Uncertainty

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have postponed a decision on the presence or absence of local spectators until June, an additional symbol of the uncertainty that continues to accompany preparations for the Olympics (July 23 – August 8) in the high season. pandemic.

  • Pandemic: New York targets a “full opening” on July 1.

After months of extreme caution in the face of a second wave of Covid-19, New York plans to “fully resume operations” on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “We made it our goal to fully open New York on July 1,” the mayor tweeted. “We are ready to open stores, businesses, offices, theaters,” he said on MSNBC.

The mayor did not specify what exactly the reopening would entail in terms of lifting the restrictions. He stressed that there is still “work to be done” to achieve this goal. “The main thing is to vaccinate everyone,” he said.



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