Covid-19: thousands of false health passes, 3rd dose in the United States, Guadeloupe … The recap of September 23



► Guadeloupeans return to school Monday, September 27

The students of Guadeloupe will all return to school on Monday, September 27, announced the rectorate of the island’s academy in a press release, due to the slowdown in the Covid-19 epidemic. Primary, sixth and fifth grade students will have class. For fourth and third year college students, a half gauge is maintained at “50%”, as well as in high school.

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The circulation of the virus remains important all the same; also, the rectorate decided to maintain “Reinforced ventilation measures” classes and ” hand washing “. Wearing a mask remains “Compulsory indoors and outdoors for staff and students from elementary school”, he recalls. “The classes will close from the first positive case, with isolation of the class for 7 days, and the continuation of remote learning”, specifies the press release.

► A 3e dose of Pfizer for the elderly in the US, an announcement in October for the EU

The United States on Wednesday, September 22 authorized the injection of a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for people 65 and over, as well as for those at “Risk”. This booster dose can be administered from six months after the second injection, the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) announced.

Between 18 and 64 years old, people eligible for this booster dose are those with “High risk” develop a severe form of the disease, including due to a “Frequent exposure” to the virus linked to the exercise of their profession.

For its part, the European Union regulator announced Thursday, September 23 that it would or would not give its agreement at the beginning of October to a third dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for the population over 16 years of age. At the same time, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) must decide on the booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised people, EMA vaccine strategy manager Marco Cavaleri told reporters.

► 36,000 false health passes in the sights of health insurance

The hunt for false health passes has increased since the start of the school year, with nearly 350 procedures initiated to date, targeting some 270 caregivers suspected of fraud and 36,000 insured persons suspected of having benefited from it, according to a report presented Thursday by the insurance -sickness.

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Since the end of August, the local health insurance funds have received daily “Between 6 and 10 requisitions” police and justice services, believes Thomas Fâtome, director of the national fund. Crimes related to “Fraudulent vaccination certificates” are liable to heavy penalties: up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 € for counterfeiters, 3 years and 45,000 € for users.

► Vaccinated with a Chinese product? You can have a health pass after a dose of Pfizer or Moderna

People vaccinated abroad with Chinese vaccines will now be able to benefit from the health pass in France, provided they receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna, the government has decided.

These people will be able to receive their health pass “7 days after the administration of a complementary dose of a messenger RNA vaccine”, according to a decree published on Thursday Official newspaper. It will have to be done “At least four weeks after the last injection carried out abroad”, specified the General Directorate of Health (DGS) in a note intended for caregivers.

At this stage, four anti-Covid vaccines have been authorized in the European Union by the European Medicines Agency and the European Commission: apart from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, only AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are recognized.

► The United States wants to lead the global effort to fight the pandemic

The United States will double its vaccine donations, bringing the total doses promised to poor countries to more than 1.1 billion, Joe Biden announced on Wednesday (September 22), clearly signaling his intention to lead the global response to the pandemic.

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“I made the promise, and I keep it, that America will be the arsenal of vaccines for the world, just as it was the arsenal of democracy during World War II”, he said from the White House, surrounded by screens. And this, while Beijing also wants to position itself as a resource for countries in search of vaccines. For each dose administered in the United States, Washington gives three to other countries, said the president.

Spain announced on the same day a donation of a total of 30 million doses to developing countries, while Japan increased the number of doses it will provide to the world to 60 million. The European Union, with which the United States intends to cooperate closely, will distribute more than 500 million doses.

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