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Covid-19: the government is preparing to close vaccination centers

2021-09-14T16:25:42.274Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.



The vaccination obligation for caregivers in force Wednesday, the executive is preparing the closure of vaccination centers, the European Union still interested in the Valneva vaccine ...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Tuesday, September 14 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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94 deaths in 24 hours, 2,000 patients in critical care

The Covid-19 epidemic continues to rage in France, where 94 people died from the virus on Tuesday, according to the report from Public Health France.

The number of patients in the hospital continues to decline, with 9,739 patients currently being treated, including 2,000 in intensive care units.

As of Monday, they were 9,986, including 2,103 in intensive care.

577 new patients have arrived at the hospital in the past 24 hours, including 137 in critical care.

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Compulsory vaccination for caregivers

The vaccine obligation against Covid-19 for healthcare workers comes into force from Wednesday in France, a measure that concerns 2.7 million people but to which a minority remains strongly opposed. Hospitals, retirement homes, private caregivers, home helpers, firefighters, ambulance drivers: to continue practicing, all health professionals are required to receive at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine before Wednesday, September 15.

A few hundred people gathered on Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Health at the call of the CGT to protest against the vaccine obligation.

The demonstrators were about 200, noted an AFP journalist on the spot, an official of the CGT-Health estimating rather their number "

between 300 and 400

".

Participants came "to

express a rather intense anger against this authoritarian injunction

" which will "

generate tensions and chaos

", said the general secretary of this union, Mireille Stivala.

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The government is preparing to close vaccination centers

The Covid-19 vaccination centers could close this fall, or at the latest in February 2022, depending on the ability of pharmacists and liberal doctors to take over, according to a document from the Ministry of Health consulted on Tuesday by the AFP. The vaccination campaign continues to slow down, to such an extent that the closure of the centers created at the beginning of the year is envisaged within one to six months.

The ministry expects a "

load of injections

" of 2.9 million doses per week in September - an optimistic assumption given the 1.8 million doses passed last week.

The weekly rate would then drop to 1.3 million in October, 0.7 in November, 0.6 in December then 0.4 and January and February.

That is, on the basis of 4.3 weeks per month, more than 27 million vaccinations before the end of the winter, of which a large part for the "

booster dose

" - which potentially targets 18 million people.

Two options are on the table: depending on whether the Liberals can perform 750,000 or 300,000 injections per week, this "would

imply a closure of the centers in October or February

".

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Vaccine: EU still interested in Valneva

The European Union is still interested in the vaccine from the Valneva laboratory and is continuing its negotiations, assured the French government on Tuesday, while the United Kingdom has just terminated its contract with the Franco-Austrian group.

"

We have the will to continue

" negotiations with Valneva at EU level, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Economy, during a weekly conference on the vaccination campaign.

Valneva, partly based in Nantes, is developing a vaccine against Covid-19, which is still in the clinical trials stage.

He had nevertheless already signed a contract with the British government, to deliver 100 million doses in the event of positive results.

But the group announced this week that London had terminated the contract, a big blow for the laboratory because it was its only order for this vaccine.

The title has lost nearly 40% on the stock market since this announcement.

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Booster shot for the over 50s in the UK

The British government announced on Tuesday that a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine would be offered next week to people over 50 and caregivers, hoping to avoid further confinement this winter.

People aged 16 to 49 with health problems making them particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and adults in contact with immunocompromised people are also targeted by this booster program.

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Vladimir Putin case contact

Russian President Vladimir Putin, "

in perfect health

", must isolate himself after several cases of Covid-19 in his entourage, announced Tuesday the Kremlin, without specifying who it was, nor if these people were vaccinated against the Covid.

"

I hope that everything will go as it should, and that Sputnik V will really demonstrate its high level of protection against Covid-19,

" he said.

Vladimir Putin, 68, was vaccinated in March away from cameras against the coronavirus using the flagship injection developed by Moscow, Sputnik V.

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Extended confinement in Canberra

The confinement of the Australian capital Canberra was extended Tuesday until mid-October by the authorities.

The approximately 400,000 residents of Canberra have been forced to stay at home for a month after the discovery of a first case of Covid-19 in the city.

The epidemic focus, linked to the Delta variant, which is much more contagious, remains limited, with 252 active cases to date and 276 people cured.

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West Indies: start of the school year

Students in the West Indies, especially in Guadeloupe, returned to school on Monday, ten days after the official return to school in France, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, before switching back widely.

Guadeloupe being still confined, this re-entry has been adapted, with a strict health protocol.

And, after the start of the school year, most of the lessons will be distance learning.

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Before the complete reopening to tourists, Mauritius facing a wave of Covid-19

Hospitals are saturated, artificial respirators are scarce and the cemetery where the victims of the coronavirus were buried is full: Mauritius is facing an explosion of Covid-19 which calls out within three weeks of the complete reopening of its borders. More than 61% of Mauritians had received at least two doses on September 11, the authorities said in particular last week. But the island rustles with concern. “

The situation is getting worse. But there are instructions so that we do not communicate

", affirms a doctor, on condition of anonymity:"

The priority of the government is to ensure a smooth opening of the borders on October 1

".

From October 1, tourists - vaccinated or not - will be free to move around as long as they have a negative PCR test 72 hours before their arrival on the island.

Since the partial reopening in mid-July, the number of cases has multiplied by more than five (12,616 cases as of September 10).

This increase is by far the largest in Africa over this period, according to data compiled by AFP.

Mauritius has, since the start of the pandemic, recorded 1,005 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure significantly higher than the African average (598).

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Manila eases restrictions

The Philippines will ease coronavirus-related restrictions in the capital Manila, despite the record number of infections, authorities, who seek to boost economic activity, said on Tuesday.

Restaurants, churches and beauty salons in the Manila area will open in reduced capacity from Thursday to allow tens of thousands of people to resume their activities.

More than 4.63 million dead

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,636,530 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP. The United States is the country with the most deaths (662,131), ahead of Brazil (587,066), India (443,213), Mexico (267,969) and Peru (198,799), according to official figures. The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the results of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.

Source: lefigaro

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