Covid-19: booster doses, health pass and additional costs, purchase of vaccines … The recap of August 4



► WHO calls for a moratorium on booster doses until the end of September

The WHO boss called on Wednesday August 4 for a moratorium on booster doses of anti-Covid vaccines to be able to make these doses available to countries which have only been able to immunize a tiny part of their population. He was reacting to the fact that Germany and Israel have announced campaigns for a third dose (for vaccines that require two initial doses) or “Dose booster”.

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“We urgently need to turn things around: from a majority of vaccines going to rich countries, to a majority going to poor countries”said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that the moratorium should last “At least until the end of September”, during a WHO press briefing in Geneva.

The boss of the UN agency has denounced for months the vaccine inequality which means that 1.5 people out of 100 in poor countries received a dose of vaccine against 100 out of 100 in rich countries. He was reacting to the fact that Germany and Israel have announced campaigns for a third dose (for vaccines that require two initial doses) or “Dose booster”.

► In England, vaccinees are three times less likely to be positive

Fully vaccinated people are three times less likely to test positive for Covid-19 than those who are not vaccinated, according to the latest results of a large study conducted in England.

→ EXPLANATION. Covid-19: vaccinees are three times less contaminated according to an English study

Carried out on more than 98,000 volunteers between June 24 and July 12, this study also shows that fully vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus.

► The white plan launched in the hospitals of Paca and Occitanie

After Corsica, the white plan was activated in hospitals in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (Paca) and Occitanie regions. It should thus allow healthcare establishments to cope with a significant increase in hospitalizations, according to the ARS.

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In the PACA region, “Hospitalizations for Covid have increased by 56%”, explained the ARS. In critical care, “This increase reaches 46%”. In Occitania, the ARS justifies this decision by “The sudden and rapid deterioration of indicators in our region”, “The strong impact of the fourth epidemic wave” and point out that “Hospital admissions in conventional hospitalization and intensive care are currently increasing very quickly”.

► The hospital health pass: an additional cost of 60 million euros

The obligation of the health pass to the public hospital would entail an additional cost estimated at 60 million for one month, according to the Hospital Federation of France (FHF), which regrets that this sum is not rather used to treat. The federation recalls that the implementation of the system requires “Recruit additional staff on short-term contracts” Where “To call on outside companies”, putting this additional cost at 60 million euros.

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“This sum would, for example, make it possible to strengthen our workforce, to ensure the replacement of people on leave”, regrets Zaynab Riet, General Delegate of the FHF, adding that “The less we will have to spend to control access and the better we will be able to devote money to treating ourselves”.

► The health pass, “discriminatory” according to Médecins du monde

The NGO Médecins du Monde condemned the principle of a health pass in France which it considers “Discriminatory”, calling for access “Unfettered” most vulnerable to vaccination. “Médecins du monde refuses any form of opposition and inequality of rights between vaccinated and unvaccinated people”, insists its president, Carine Rolland.

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The organization cites the case of people “Excluded from treatment” or facing the “Digital divide or administrative barriers”, in particular homeless people, migrants, sex workers or unaccompanied minors. The government asked the prefects and directors general of the regional health agency on Tuesday, August 3 to accelerate its policy of ” move towards “ for the vaccination of asylum seekers and precarious refugees, reiterating its objective set on July 5 to vaccinate all of them “By the end of August”.

► Brussels announces an advance purchase contract for vaccines with Novavax

The European Commission has announced that it has entered into a contract with US pharmaceutical company Novavax for the early purchase of 200 million doses of its vaccine once it has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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“Our new agreement with Novavax expands our vaccine portfolio by adding another protein-based vaccine, a platform that has shown promise in clinical trials”Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement.

Under the contract with Novavax, Member States will be able to purchase up to 100 million doses of the Novavax vaccine, with an option for an additional 100 million doses during the years 2021, 2022 and 2023, once it has been released. reviewed and approved by the EMA as safe and effective.

► China restricts foreign travel for its nationals

Beijing has announced a tightening of restrictions on foreign travel for its nationals, as China faces a resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Since the discovery last month in Nanjing (east) of new cases of Covid-19, this focus has quickly spread and now affects 18 provinces. To avoid further contamination, the country will temporarily “Stop issuing passports and other documents” necessary for travel abroad, said one of the officials of the immigration office, Liu Haitao. The measure only applies to Chinese nationals “Unless there is a compelling reason”, he clarified.

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