“The deterioration of the epidemic situation is clear”, according to Attal

12.55 p.m.: Gabriel Attal confirms the strengthening of the control of the health pass

“There is no relaxation planned for the moment and we will even strengthen the control of the health pass in the coming weeks,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal, during his usual press briefing on Wednesday. It echoes the statements of this Wednesday morning by Gerald Darmanin.

He also stressed that the “deterioration of the epidemic situation is clear”. However, “there is no news on the issue of vaccination of children. There is no recommendation from the health authorities to move towards vaccination of children under 12”.

12:51 p.m.: Valneva secures EU contract for up to 60 million doses

The Franco-Austrian laboratory Valneva and the European Commission announced on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement for up to 60 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 by 2023.
The contract provides for the possibility for all Member States to purchase nearly 27 million doses of the inactivated vaccine in 2022, says the Commission, with 33 million additional doses in 2023. The announcement has boosted the action of the laboratory, which took more than 22% around 12:40 p.m. on the Paris Bourse.

12:46 p.m.: EMA examines an application for authorization of Moderna’s vaccine for 6-11 year olds

The European regulator said on Wednesday that it plans to decide within about two months whether the use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine should be extended to children aged 6 to 11.

Several countries, including France and Germany, advise against the use of Moderna vaccine in people under 30 years of age because of a low risk of heart inflammation.

19,08 millions

Emmanuel Macron’s speech this Tuesday evening was followed by 19.08 million viewers, or 72.8% of the market share, according to The Parisian.

10:38 a.m .: Germany: vaccination recommended for under 30s with Pfizer-BioNTech alone

The German Vaccine Commission (STIKO) recommended this Wednesday to vaccinate those under 30 only with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the face of the risk of myocarditis for this population caused by Moderna.

Vaccination with Moderna has caused “mostly benign” inflammation of the heart muscle and pericardium in women and men under 30 years of age. However, this risk does not exist in people over 30 years of age.

The vaccine commission also recommends that pregnant women be vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech alone.

10:10 am: Lions test positive for coronavirus in Singapore

Four lions from a Singapore wildlife park have tested positive for coronavirus after being infected by staff and have symptoms like coughing and sneezing.

Protected Asian lions started showing some signs of the disease over the weekend, prompting their keepers to decide to get them tested.

“All the lions remain sharp, alert and active,” said Sonja Luz, park operator Mandai Wildlife Group.

9:37 am: Darmanin calls for “more control” of the health pass

Gérald Darmanin announced on Wednesday that he had, on the instruction of Emmanuel Macron, asked the prefects to tighten the controls of the health pass, the number of which has halved in recent weeks, while the Covid-19 epidemic is experiencing a rebound.

“The President of the Republic, given the increase in the incidence rate, winter is coming, the virus is circulating more, asked me to ask the prefects, the police and the gendarmes to control more, as before”, declared the Minister of the Interior on Europe 1.

9:32 am: Shanghai marathon postponed due to new cases of Covid in China

The Shanghai marathon, scheduled for November 28, has been postponed, as have those in Beijing and Wuhan last month, due to a limited upturn in the Covid-19 epidemic in China.

The number of contaminations in the country remains low – 54 according to official figures on Wednesday – but the Chinese authorities are following a policy of zero contamination within three months of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing (February 4-20 ).

“We have chosen to be careful, to prioritize the health and safety of runners and citizens,” said the organizers of the Shanghai marathon on social networks, saying that a new date will be announced later.

8:58 am: Emirates airline: loss of 1.6 billion USD in 1S due to the pandemic

Emirates airline recorded a loss of $ 1.6 billion in the first half of the fiscal year and remains in the red due to the pandemic, the largest airline in the Middle East, based in Dubai, said.

In contrast, revenue increased 86% to $ 5.9 billion in the same period from April 1 to September 30.

8:49 am: The health pass for people over 65 will expire 6 months and 5 weeks after their second dose

The health pass for over 65s will expire 6 months and 5 weeks after their second dose, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced this Wednesday morning on France Info.

This Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron announced that those over 65 will have a third mandatory reminder from December 15 to continue to have a valid health pass.

8:47 am: United States: Pfizer requests authorization for a 3rd dose of the vaccine

The Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories announced on Tuesday that they had formally filed a dossier asking the United States Medicines Agency, the FDA, to authorize a third dose of their anti-Covid vaccine for all people over 18 years of age.

150 000

Nearly 150,000 appointments for a third dose of vaccine were made on Tuesday on the Doctolib platform, the day of Emmanuel Macron’s speech which made it compulsory for those over 65. Over one week, the increase is 165%, according to BFMTV.

7:54 am: Venezuela: vaccination of children

“Nervous”. Gino, seven, admits that he is afraid of needles … But his mother Carmen Gardinella says she is relieved to see her son vaccinated against Covid-19, Venezuela experiencing a recent increase in the number of cases.

6:56 am: Many Swiss come to be tested in France

As for the races, many Swiss border workers come to France to be tested, while the tests have become paid in their country since October 10, five days before France.

This is particularly the case in Haut-Doubs, report our colleagues from Republican East. In a pharmacy in Villers-le-Lac, 50% of people coming to be tested are Swiss against 2% before. It must be said that on the other side of the border, in Locle for example, the test is worth double that of France (37 Swiss francs).

6:23 a.m .: Second generation of vaccines: optimistic WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday she looked forward to the second generation of anti-Covid vaccines, which could include nasal sprays or pills.

5:52 am: The mask is compulsory again at school throughout France on Monday

Wearing a mask will again be compulsory in elementary school from Monday throughout France, the Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday, after President Emmanuel Macron’s speech.

“From next Monday, all departments move to level 2 of the health protocol [avec] new masks for all students “of elementary school, said the ministry. Since the start of the All Saints holidays on Monday, this measure already applied in 61 departments.

5:50 am: Moderna requests authorization for its vaccine for 6-11 year olds in Europe

Moderna filed on Tuesday an authorization request for its vaccine against Covid-19 for children aged 6 to 11 with the European regulator (EMA). The dosage of the two injections, administered four weeks apart, was adjusted to 50 micrograms, against 100 micrograms for the older age groups.

Moderna’s vaccine is currently authorized from the age of 12 by the EMA. But several countries, including France on Monday, advised against using Moderna below a certain age (30 years in France), because of concerns about the risk of myocarditis.

5:47 am: More than 12,000 cases, a high since early September

12,476 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, the highest since early September, according to Public Health France. At the hospital, 6,851 patients are currently being treated due to Covid-19, or 14 less than the day before. Among these patients, 1,140 are in critical care (-1).

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