Covid-19: third dose in the United States, confinement in Polynesia … The recap ‘of August 18



► Vaccine: towards a recall campaign in the United States

Americans vaccinated with the sera from Pfizer and Moderna will be able to receive a third injection eight months after the second, starting the week of September 20, health authorities announced Wednesday (August 18).

“The available data clearly show that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decline over time after the first doses of the vaccine”, have justified the authorities.

The first people to benefit from this booster dose will be the “Residents of retirement homes”, “Other old people” and the “Many health professionals”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called in June for a moratorium on these booster doses in order to leave more vaccines available for poor countries, where the vaccination rate remains low.

► Vaccination will cost France 2 billion euros in 2022

The government is working on a budget of 2 billion euros for vaccination against Covid in 2022. This budget is a working basis and will be presented as part of the Social Security Financing Bill in the fall.

In particular, it provides for a third dose for populations at risk, such as those over 80 and the most vulnerable. The cost of tests and vaccines is estimated for 2021 at around 10 billion euros.

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► New restrictions in Israel

In Israel, the campaign for the injection of a third dose has already started. Opened last week, it currently concerns people aged 50 and over.

New health restrictions also came into effect on Wednesday. The obligation to show a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test to visit restaurants, hotels, museums and libraries and attend cultural and sporting events has been reinstated.

► The Pope defends vaccination in a video

Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is “An act of love”, Pope Francis pleaded Wednesday, August 18, calling on all believers to be immunized.

“Thanks to God and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us against Covid-19”, the Pope said in a video message intended to support a campaign to encourage vaccination in the United States and other countries in the Americas.

→ READ. For Pope Francis, “getting vaccinated is an act of love”

► Polynesia extends containment

In French Polynesia, the authorities announced Tuesday (Wednesday in Paris) the extension of confinement to the whole weekend, while the incidence rate continues to increase, now reaching 2,614 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants.

The virus appeared to have almost disappeared there between March and July. But with the Delta variant, he returned with incredible violence, saturating the Tahiti hospital center in one month, with a toll of thirteen deaths in 24 hours and 294 hospitalizations, including 38 in intensive care.

In New Caledonia, a rare territory free from Covid-19, the president said on Wednesday that compulsory vaccination of the entire population was not “No longer a taboo subject”, taking into account the risks associated with the Delta variant.

► Towards a worsening of the epidemic in New Zealand

New Zealanders should expect new cases of Covid-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned on Wednesday, the day after her decision to reconfigure the country after the appearance of the first local case in six month.

→ THE FACTS. Japan extends and extends state of health emergency

► The F1 Grand Prix in Japan canceled

The Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix, which was to be held in Suzuka (center of the country) on October 10, has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the health situation.

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