► Alpes-Maritimes: local containment at weekends
In the department where the incidence rate is the highest in France, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Bernard Gonzalez announced on Monday February 22 a series of measures, including a partial re-containment, a first at the local level in metropolitan France.
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The measure was adopted for the next two weekends, in the coastal towns of the department, from Menton to Théoule-sur-Mer. Travel will be prohibited from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday 6 a.m.
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Outings of one hour maximum, within a radius of 5 km around the home will be authorized upon certification for non-conforming reasons (shopping, doctor, animal outings and walks). All businesses will be closed, except those in the food sector, gas stations, garages or pharmacies.
► Vaccination possible in business from Thursday 25 February
Occupational physicians will be able to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine from February 25 to employees aged 50 to 64 with co-morbidities, a statement from the Secretary of State in charge of pensions and occupational health said Monday.
Like general practitioners, occupational physicians “Must approach the dispensary pharmacy of their choice, to identify themselves and obtain doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the same quota system”, specifies the text. “As with any act of vaccination, their intervention is carried out in strict compliance with the ethical rules related to the consent of individuals, medical confidentiality and the confidentiality of vaccinations vis-à-vis the employer”, he recalls.
► Sanofi will help another competitor to produce its vaccine in France
Sanofi will produce in France the vaccine against the Covid-19 of its American competitor Johnson & Johnson in the second half of the year, as it is also preparing to do for the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, the French pharmaceutical group announced on Monday.
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The laboratory will be responsible for the formulation and filling of the bottles at its Marcy-l’Etoile site, near Lyon, from the third quarter of 2021. This decision is ” A very good news “ who go “Expand the offer” in the vaccination campaign, welcomed the Elysee, specifying that this agreement would “Make it possible to produce around 12 million doses of vaccines each month” from the summer.
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The Élysée also qualified as ” very good news “ the announcement by Sanofi of the launch of a new phase 2 study of its main candidate vaccine developed with the British GSK. The French group hopes to make it available in the fourth quarter. Using recombinant protein technology, it was originally scheduled for summer 2021.
► Germany: reopening of schools despite fear of a third wave
Germany continues to reopen its schools. After Lower Saxony and Saxony last week, schools and daycares reopened on Monday, after two months of closure, in 10 of the country’s 16 regional states.
“It is good that many schools in Germany are gradually resuming face-to-face teaching, estimated the Minister of Education, Anja Karliczek. Children, especially younger ones, need each other. ” However, the fear of a third wave remains very high. On Sunday February 21, the German Minister of Health urged his fellow citizens to be cautious due to the increase in the number of infections. “We must continue to be careful, to test and vaccinate”, added Jens Spahn.
► Boris Johnson presents a very gradual deconfinement plan
England is also embarking on the path of deconfinement. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday presented a plan for a very gradual exit from containment in the hope that it will be the last for the hardest hit European country (more than 120,000 dead).
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It provides for four main stages, starting with the reopening of schools on March 8. A reopening of non-essential shops, outdoor pubs and restaurants as well as museums is expected from April 12. The aim is to lift the last restrictions at the end of June.
► Vaccine: the head of the WHO accuses the rich countries of “undermining” the Covax system
The WHO boss on Monday accused some rich countries of “Undermine” the anti-Covid vaccine distribution system, Covax, intended in particular for disadvantaged countries, during a joint press conference by videoconference with the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
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“Some rich countries are currently approaching manufacturers to ensure access to additional doses of vaccine, which has an effect on contracts with Covax” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The Covax system includes a financing mechanism that should allow 92 low and middle income economies to have access to vaccines.