Covid-19: health pass on August 9, distance learning, 50% of French people vaccinated … The summary of July 28



► Health pass: the law will come into force on August 9

The new law on anti-Covid measures, including the extension of the health pass, will come into force on August 9, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday July 28 at the end of the cabinet meeting.

→ THE FACTS. The extension of the health pass will come into force on August 9, announces Gabriel Attal

“The Constitutional Council has indicated that it will render its decision on August 5, the law will therefore be promulgated immediately, with an entry into force that we plan for August 9”, said the spokesperson, assuring that there would be “A time to adapt and break in”.

The spokesperson also announced that the state of health emergency will be declared Wednesday evening in Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélémy, due to a high incidence rate and too low vaccination coverage in these ultra-marine territories. “In Guadeloupe, only 15% of the population is fully vaccinated”, while in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, “The incidence rate reaches 1,714 cases per 100,000 inhabitants”, underlined Gabriel Attal.

► Distance courses for non-vaccinated middle and high school students

The Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has announced that non-vaccinated middle and high school students will have to follow distance learning courses if a case of Covid is detected in their class. Vaccinated students will be able to continue with face-to-face lessons. On the other hand, the primary classes will close from the first positive case.

→ ANALYSIS. In middle and high schools, the logic of “maximum” vaccination

The health protocol for 2021-2022, published on the national education website, includes “Four scenarios according to four degrees of circulation of the virus”, specified the minister.

To move towards a maximum vaccination rate in secondary education, “6,000 to 7,000 vaccination centers” will be deployed from the start of the school year “Inside or beside” schools.

Jean-Michel Blanquer has also again refused the idea of ​​imposing a health pass to enter school and compulsory vaccination for teachers.

► Moderna vaccine approved for 12-17 year olds

The High Authority for Health (HAS) has given the green light to the use of the Moderna vaccine for 12-17 year olds, which thus becomes the second vaccine to be administered in this age group. “In the context of a strong circulation of the Delta variant, the HAS validates the integration of the Moderna vaccine into the vaccine strategy”, extended to adolescents since mid-June after a first authorization given to Pfizer, announced the independent public body, in a press release.

→ DEBATE. Covid-19: should you be afraid of having your teenager vaccinated?

The authority has also recommended vaccination from the age of 12 “Primarily in adolescents with comorbidity or in the family of an immunocompromised person” and “In adolescents without comorbidity in order to reduce viral circulation, normalize their social life and maintain their access to education”. Objective: to obtain a high level of coverage in all age groups, and thus increase the immunity threshold of the population.

► One in two French people fully vaccinated

“Hesitant”, elderly or fragile: the authorities continue the race for vaccination against Covid-19 and the Delta variant to go beyond the threshold of 50% of French people fully vaccinated. A rate just crossed, Tuesday July 27, while contaminations continue to rise.

Between first and second doses, 4.7 million injections were performed last week, i.e. “The best week since the start of the campaign” in December 2020, according to the health ministry which hopes “Do even better” this week and next.

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But nearly 27,000 contaminations were recorded on Tuesday, a highest since the end of April, while hospitalizations in intensive care have risen slightly with nearly 1,000 Covid-19 patients in these services, according to Public Health France.

► Rapid saliva tests are not reliable enough, according to HAS

HAS estimates that rapid saliva screening tests for Covid-19 “Present performances that are too heterogeneous”, and “Suspend” therefore its recommendation that these devices be taken over by Social Security.

→ CONTEXT. Covid-19: easier and more accessible, saliva tests authorized on a large scale

These tests, said “Integrated”, give a result on the presence or absence of the virus in about forty minutes, from a sample of saliva. On November 28, the HAS recommended the use of the saliva test from the company EasyCov, reimbursable by Social Security since the beginning of January, only “In symptomatic people for whom nasopharyngeal sampling (by swab, Editor’s note) is impossible or difficult to carry out”.

► London will give 817,000 doses of vaccine to Kenya

The UK will donate 817,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Kenya, the UK government said ahead of a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The first 400,000 doses must be shipped this week, the British government said in a statement.

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“As friends and allies, we share doses of British vaccine to support Kenya’s fight against the pandemic”, said Boris Johnson. The British pledged to provide 100 million doses at the G7 summit in June. In total, the G7 has pledged to distribute more than a billion doses, half coming from the United States.

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