the fifth wave
" warned Olivier Véran, Minister of Health and Solidarity, interviewed Thursday by "Le Talk" du
at the end of the Big Bang Health devoted to vaccines. While contaminations are soaring and some hospitals are in the process of reactivating white plans - involving deprogramming and the recall of staff on their leave -
"we must not hide that our hospitals will be put under tension"
, indicated the Minister. The epidemic is currently on an ascending curve, with an increase in severe cases: projections show that
“we will have 2,000 hospitalizations by December 5, which is a lot. We could be at 3000 in mid-December "
, warned the minister, adding
"that beyond 3000, it will be necessary to think of deprogramming"
The objective of the Minister is to act "in
proportion to the needs, as the health tension in hospitals" in
order to avoid massive deprogramming, such as those experienced during the first wave, because they represent a loss. luck for the patients.
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To avoid reaching this end, Olivier Véran assures
“we still have our destiny in our hands”
: booster vaccination, barrier gestures, wearing a mask, washing hands, etc. And the Minister to call on the French to be more vigilant in their behavior:
"If we avoid ending up at fifty, without a mask, in a closed room, to drink an aperitif, just that can reduce by 10% to 20 % the circulation of the virus ”
, he assured. Without recommending, like last year, to be six at the table maximum at Christmas.
“There is no recommendation at this point for Christmas.
The situation has changed compared to last year.
Vaccination protects against severe cases.
But we still have people who are not at all vaccinated, it is these people who are found nine times more in intensive care than the others, ”
insisted the Minister, calling each once again to responsibility.
About 6 million eligible people are still not vaccinated.
"We adapt hospital capacities"
Why not increase the number of beds and recruit more?
"There are more staff in our hospitals today than before the Covid epidemic
," assures Olivier Véran.
This does not mean that there are no departures, fatigue, an accumulation of overtime, people who have not taken vacation for more than a year and who take them
As for resuscitation beds,
" we are adapting hospital capacities as the epidemic increases in tension
the minister once again explained.
“We have to be serious: there is no country which has increased its intensive care beds by 10,000 over the past two years, when it takes twelve years to train an intensive care physician
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While 52 million French people have received a first dose, or more than 90% of the vaccinated population, France enjoys good coverage.
Will there be enough third dose for everyone?
"Don't talk about it in the future.
There are enough doses.
We have more than 20 million vaccines for 18 million French people to be vaccinated, ”
reassured Olivier Véran, indicating that we are on a pace of half a million vaccinations per day.
“I asked to open 300 additional centers, we have more than 50,000 people who vaccinate per day, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives.
Liberal doctors have ordered more than 5 million vaccines, they are fully participating in this vaccination campaign
the Minister concluded.