Covid-19: the Pope “proud” of his health past, law promulgated, 4th wave … The summary of August 6

► Health pass and vaccination of caregivers: the law promulgated

The law extending the health pass to new public places and establishing a vaccination obligation for caregivers was published in the Official Journal, the day after its validation, for the most part, by the Constitutional Council.

Already in force since July 21 in certain places of leisure and culture, this pass (total vaccination, negative Covid-19 test or certificate of recovery) will be extended from Monday, August 9, to cafes, restaurants, planes, trains, coaches for long journeys, fairs, seminars and trade shows.

→ PRACTICAL. Health pass: places where it becomes mandatory on August 9

The law promulgated, applicable “Until November 15, 2021 inclusive”, also provides for a vaccination obligation for caregivers and other professions in contact with vulnerable groups. They have until October 15 to present a complete vaccination schedule.

► The number of new hospitalizations is accelerating

Hospitalizations and admissions to critical care on the rise, decrease in the median age of patients, etc. Figures published by Public Health France confirm “The hospital impact of this fourth epidemic wave” of Covid-19.

Between July 26 and August 1, 3,531 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to hospital, twice as many (+ 92%) as the previous week. The week before, this increase was only 51%. In critical care services, which take care of the most serious patients, admissions doubled (+ 98%) after an increase of 81% the previous week.

→ THE FACTS. Covid-19: hospitalizations are accelerating, the 4th wave is confirmed

“The median age of patients upon admission to hospital is ” decreasing “, also underlines Public Health France. Last week, “He was 57 years old”, against 63 years last year at the same period.

► Green light for preventive treatment for the immunocompromised

Immunosuppressed people, who are at significant risk of developing a severe form of Covid and in whom the vaccines do not work well, may receive preventive treatment with monoclonal antibodies, especially if they are in contact, health authorities announced on Friday.

→ READ. Against Covid-19, the prescription of monoclonal antibodies extended

“It is estimated that in France, 130,000 immunocompromised patients are non-responders to a complete vaccination schedule and therefore concerned by this treatment”, specifies the High Authority of Health (HAS). Early access is a procedure that allows certain patients to benefit from a drug before it receives a marketing authorization for the indication concerned.

► The Pope “proud” of his health past

In Italy, where the coronavirus has claimed more than 128,000 victims, the obligation of the health pass is extended to many activities from August 6. This preventive measure agitates the antivax, supported by the neofascists of Forza Nuova and Casa Pound and the anti-pass, supported among others by the League of Matteo Salvini, who consider it discriminatory.

→ ANALYSIS. In Italy, the extension of the health pass is not unanimous either

An opinion not shared by Pope Francis who, vaccinated since January, is “proud” to have the health pass, according to a Vatican source. “Like all Vatican employees, the Pope now has a health pass and he is very proud of it because he does not consider it at all as a violation of his freedom but as a sign of responsibility and civility”, she revealed.

► Germany imposes a quarantine for travelers coming from the south of France

Germany will impose from Sunday August 8 a quarantine for unimmunized travelers from the south of France. The regions concerned are Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica, which are experiencing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

→ READ ALSO. England: the quarantine for vaccinated travelers from mainland France abolished

Travelers from these regions will have to observe a ten-day quarantine if they do not have a health pass proving that they have been vaccinated twice or are considered cured. If they test negative, the isolation period may be reduced to five days.

► Quebec will implement a vaccination passport

After New York City, it’s Quebec’s turn to introduce its vaccine passport, a first in the country. “The principle behind the vaccination passport is that people who have made the effort to collect their two doses must be able to live an almost normal life”, explained the premier of the province, François Legault.

→ ANALYSIS. Covid-19: towards a European vaccine passport?

He added that the precise modalities of this measure would be unveiled in the coming days but indicated that this document could give access to the activities “Non-essential”, like “Go to a restaurant”.


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