Covid-19: AstraZeneca in court, tourism in France, intermittents, vaccination and Ascension … The recap ‘of May 11



► Intermittents of the show: the white year extended until December

Intermittent entertainment workers, deprived of their fees due to the Covid-19 health crisis, will benefit from a four-month extension of their unemployment compensation, the ministries of culture and labor announced on Tuesday, May 11. This measure, decided in May 2020 by the Head of State and commonly called ” White year “, was scheduled to end on August 31, 2021.

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The extension until December will be followed in 2022 by aid measures to support the resumption of activity of some 120,000 live performance professionals. “These measures will allow those who, for lack of sufficient periods of work, would not be able to renew their rights to allowances to benefit from access to an allowance throughout the year 2022”, specifies the ministries in a joint press release.

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► France wants to reconnect with its tourists for the summer season

France launched its tourism revival campaign on Tuesday, hoping to regain its leading position in terms of attendance ahead of Spain, Greece and Italy.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne repeats it, he wants a summer ” blue White Red “. To do this, the Secretary of State for Tourism presented the #ExploreFrance campaign with Atout France and the 13 French regions. The campaign will be rolled out to “Ten local European markets” (United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Austria). Some 10 million euros are invested in this European campaign.

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“We are working at European level on a classification of countries (green, orange, red), several countries are already classified as green such as Israel, Australia, Japan”, explained Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne at the launch of the campaign, recalling that “The horizon” opening to foreign tourists is set for June 9.

► In Belgium, indoor activity resumed on June 9 for cafes, restaurants and theaters

From June 9, cafes and restaurants in Belgium will once again be able to serve their customers indoors, and performance halls can accommodate up to 200 people seated and masked, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Tuesday.

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Cafés and restaurants were able to reopen their terraces on May 8, after almost seven months of closure. But this is the first time that a reopening date has been given to the entertainment industry as a whole.

► Antibodies stay in the blood for at least 8 months

According to a study carried out by the prestigious Italian hospital San Raffaele in Milan, in collaboration with the Higher Institute of Health (ISS), the antibodies neutralizing the Covid remain in the blood for at least eight months after an infection.

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This observation is valid “Regardless of the severity of the disease, the age of the patients or the presence of other pathologies”. After 8 months, only 3 of the 162 people followed were no longer positive for these antibodies.

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► Doctolib plans more than a million doses of vaccine during the Ascension Bridge

“There will probably be over a million injections during Ascension Bridge”, declared Tuesday the boss of Doctolib, Stanislas Niox-Chateau, counting “Already 200,000 meetings Thursday, 350,000 Friday, 200,000 Saturday and 100,000 Sunday” on the main booking platform for vaccination against Covid-19.

“This figure will increase as the week goes on”, he added, announcing the opening this Tuesday, “With a day in advance” on the planned schedule, making an appointment “The same day or the next day” for all adults, where slots remain available. This represents around 20,000 appointments per day “In about fifty centers” vaccination, located “Mostly in big cities”, he clarified.

► The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine extended to 12-15 year olds in the United States

Authorization for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been extended to adolescents aged 12 to 15 in the United States, the United States Medicines Agency announced on Monday, May 10, marking a new milestone in the vaccination campaign. It’s about “An important step in the fight against the pandemic”, said Janet Woodcock, the acting chief of the FDA.

The vaccine has so far been authorized as an emergency for people aged 16 and over. It can now be given to millions more adolescents, as two injections containing the same strength as the vaccine for adults. As for the youngest still, Pfizer / BioNTech announced a week ago that it hopes to file an emergency authorization request for children aged 2 to 11 in the United States in September.

► The European Union is suing for the delivery of the undelivered doses of AstraZeneca

The European Union is demanding before the Belgian courts that AstraZeneca deliver by the end of June to the Twenty-Seven the 90 million doses of its anti-Covid vaccine which were not delivered in the first quarter, on pain of financial penalties , the European Commission announced on Tuesday.

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This is the first time that the Commission has clarified its requirements in the proceedings it has initiated against the Swedish-British laboratory, which it accuses of having failed in its obligations. The contract concluded being under Belgian law, a summary hearing (urgent) will take place on May 26 before a Brussels court. For its part, Slovakia announced that it was suspending vaccinations with the first dose of AstraZeneca, after revealing that it was examining the case of a patient who died of a blood clot following the injection of this vaccine.

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