► The scientific council in favor of a health pass “on a temporary and exceptional basis”
A “health pass” ensuring that a person is vaccinated against Covid-19 or has had a negative test can be used, provided that it is “Temporarily and exceptionally”, estimated the scientific council. He would allow “A form of return to normal life by minimizing the risk of contamination by the SARS-CoV-2 virus”, concludes the government advisory body in an opinion sent to the government on Monday 3 May and made public on Tuesday 4 May.
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However, the authority does not recommend its use for “Acts of daily life, such as going to work, going to a business, a training establishment, a café, a restaurant”.
► The HCSP recommends opening windows for at least five minutes every hour
It is necessary “Open windows for at least five minutes every hour” in places that receive the public, especially schools, and measure the renewal of the air with CO2 sensors, recommends the High Council of Public Health (HCSP) in an opinion made public Monday, May 3.
“This control of the aeration-ventilation of establishments open to the public must constitute a strong point on which a health protocol can be based”, details the HCSP. This is all the more true “When certain barrier measures (in particular the mask or the distance between individuals) are not adapted to the activity of the establishment (restaurant, nursery schools, etc.)”.
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To better assess air renewal, the HCSP recommends measuring “The concentration of carbon dioxide at representative points and periods during a period of occupation”, thanks to CO2 sensors.
► The “psycho package” for children in distress set up at the end of May
The “psy package”, which will allow the reimbursement of ten sessions with a psychologist for children affected by the health crisis, will be ” operational “ at the end of May, the State Secretariat for Children said on Tuesday. Aimed at ages 3 to 17, it is aimed at children and adolescents “Exhibiting behavioral disturbances and mild to moderate signs of psychological distress, causing concern to those around him”, said the cabinet of Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State for Children.
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The psychologist must be chosen by the family from a national list accessible by the end of the month on a dedicated site – “PsyEnfantAdo.sante.gouv.fr” – allowing the identification of a professional practicing nearby. To benefit from it, children must have a prescription before October 31, 2021 and the sessions must be carried out before January 31, 2022.
► The EMA announces the launch of a continuous review of the Chinese vaccine Sinovac
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced the launch of a procedure“Continuous review” vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, which opens the way to a possible request for an upcoming authorization in the European Union. This decision “To start continuous review is based on preliminary results of laboratory studies (non-clinical data) and clinical studies”, explains in a press release the European regulator based in Amsterdam. “These studies suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and could help protect against the disease”, adds the EMA.
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► Germany will lift several restrictions for people vaccinated
Germany will lift several restrictions for people vaccinated, the justice minister announced on Tuesday. “Vaccinated people will no longer need a negative test if they want to go shopping, go to the hairdresser or visit a botanical garden, for example”, said in a statement Christine Lambrecht.
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According to a text adopted by the government and which has yet to be adopted at the end of the week by Parliament, people vaccinated will be able to “Meet in private without restrictions”, added the Minister. The recently introduced nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. will also no longer apply to people who have received two doses of the vaccine. In the event of adoption, these relaxations could enter into force as of next weekend.
► United States approves Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and over
The United States is expected to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children aged 12 and older starting next week, US media reported.
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Pfizer has requested emergency use authorization for its vaccine, intended for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15, according to the channel CNN citing a government official. The extension of vaccination to adolescents could open the American vaccination campaign to millions more people.