Covid-19: Delta variant, Tokyo Olympics, origins of the Covid in Wuhan … The summary of June 15



► Beginning of adolescent vaccination

Vaccination of 12-17 year olds against Covid has now been possible since Tuesday, June 15, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Adolescents must meet three conditions to be vaccinated: be volunteers, have the consent of their parents, and be in the presence of one of them on the day of the appointment.

62,000 registrations under the age of 18 were recorded when the meetings opened on Monday. “It’s a very good surprise, a stronger membership than expected”, confirmed the boss of the Doctolib site, Stanislas Niox-Chateau.

The authorities’ objective is in particular to increase the collective immunity of the French to face the threat of new variants such as the Delta. “The more of us who are vaccinated and protected, the more we will be able to overcome the virus. So it’s an important day in the history of our vaccine policy ”, estimated Tuesday the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, visiting a center in the 15e arrondissement in Paris.

► Olivier Véran calls not to relax “vigilance” in the face of the Delta variant

The Delta variant (Indian variant) currently represents “Between 2 and 4% of positive cases” detected in France, or “50 to 150 new diagnoses” per day, said Tuesday, June 15 Olivier Véran.

→ DEBATE. Covid-19: does the Indian variant threaten our deconfinement?

“It may still be little, but it was the English situation a few weeks ago”, he added, recalling that the Delta variant “Represents more than 90% of cases in circulation” across the Channel, with “Almost twice as many daily cases” than in France despite “A vaccination coverage rate higher than ours”. All the more reason for “Do not relax our collective vigilance”, he insisted, in order to prevent a new epidemic wave ”.

► The United Kingdom postpones the last stage of its deconfinement

Boris Johnson resolved on Monday, June 14, to postpone for four weeks the lifting of the last anti-Covid restrictions in England. The Prime Minister thus hopes to contain, through vaccination, the worrying surge of the Delta variant, which represents 96% of new cases in the country.

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Initially scheduled for June 21 and now postponed to July 19, the last stage of the deconfinement plan was to result in the end of the limitation to six of indoor meetings, the authorization for pubs to serve at the bar and for meeting rooms. shows to operate at full capacity.

► At the Tokyo Olympics, severe penalties for non-compliance with anti-Covid rules

Athletes may suffer financial sanctions or be expelled from the Tokyo Olympics if they violate anti-Covid measures, organizers warned on Tuesday, 37 days before the Games. A 70-page manual with explanatory comics tells athletes about the various rules, including daily testing and wearing a mask.

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As the Games approach, which takes place from July 23 to August 8, Tokyo is still living under a state of health emergency. No decision has yet been taken by Japan on whether to allow local spectators, after the ban in March of foreign spectators.

► Origins of the Covid: a Wuhan lab manager denies

Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli, director of one of the laboratories at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, once again rejected the theory that the virus that caused Covid-19 could have escaped from her institution, in a interview published Monday in the New York Times.

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“How the hell can I bring proof of something that there is no proof of?” “she first replied to the newspaper by phone, then wishing to continue by email. According to New York Times, she then responded with a strong negative when asked if her laboratory had had a strain of the new coronavirus in its possession before the pandemic, and dismissed the accusations of dangerous genetic engineering.

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