“The variants will dictate our health policy” says epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet


9:01 am: “The variants will dictate our health policy”, says Arnaud Fontanet

Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist and member of the Scientific Council, indicated on Europe 1 this Saturday morning that: “These are the variants that will dictate our health policy in the coming weeks, and not the 2020 virus, which remains much more sensitive to actions that can be taken. “

“We are currently in France facing two epidemics, one linked to the 2020 virus that we know well and on which the control measures are effective, and then another epidemic linked to variants, which are more transmissible and which continue to make progress in the territory despite the measures in place. ” For the moment, it is difficult to measure the effectiveness of the measures facing the arrival of variants according to Arnaud Fontanet because “we do not yet have the necessary hindsight”.

8:56 am: Sixteen tourists still immobilized in Costa Rica, two of them in serious condition

Sixteen French retirees were still stranded in Costa Rica on Friday evening because of Covid-19, including six hospitalized, two of them in serious condition. First six travelers, then a total of twenty tested positive after their scheduled departure for January 27 was postponed due to tightening of health standards for entry into the Netherlands, through which they had to transit. Only two members of the group were able to leave first, followed by four others, via Madrid.

8:19 am: European regulator launches review of German vaccine CureVac

The European Medicines Agency has announced that it is starting a “continuous review” of the German CureVac vaccine against Covid-19, the first step towards applying for a formal marketing authorization in the European Union. The EMA faces increased pressure to clear new anti-Covid vaccines as quickly as possible, as the 27 member states grapple with delivery delays and supply difficulties for the first three vaccines authorized in the ‘European Union.

Caregivers report strong side effects with AstraZeneca vaccine

The vaccination campaign with AstraZeneca serum (the third authorized in France) started a week ago for healthcare professionals under 65 years of age but strong side effects were observed. High fever, fatigue, headaches … Several vaccinated caregivers report these side effects preventing them from working, sometimes lasting up to twenty-four hours.

The National Medicines Safety Agency confirmed having received “149 pharmacovigilance declarations between February 6 and 10 in the morning mentioning these influenza-like illnesses. “The agency specifies that” these side effects are known and described with vaccines. ”

“Nevertheless, these pharmacovigilance declarations constitute a potential signal and are subject to special monitoring”, assures the ANSM, which recommends that health establishments, in order to limit “the potential risk of disruption of the functioning of care services “, to vaccinate the staff of the same service on a” staggered basis “.

7:33 am: A first case of serious reinfection by the South African variant detected in France

A 58-year-old patient in France was re-infected with the South African variant four months after contracting a mild form of Covid-19. The immunity developed at the end of the first infection therefore did not make it possible to avoid reinfection by the South African variant, alert the hospitals of Paris (AP-HP). We detail everything in this article.

7:22 am: Moderna wants to increase the capacity of its vaccine vials by 50%

The American biotechnology company Moderna said on Friday that it had requested authorization from various health authorities around the world to increase the capacity of its vials of vaccine against Covid-19 by 50%, in order to speed up vaccination campaigns by Classes.

“In order to optimize resources and opportunities to deliver more doses faster to each market, Moderna offered to fill its vials with up to 15 doses of vaccine, compared to the previous 10,” the company said. in a press release.

7.20 am: A record of hospitalizations in Peru

Peru, facing its second wave of Covid-19, recorded its record for coronavirus hospitalizations on Friday. In the past 24 hours, 213 new admissions have taken place, bringing the total number of hospitalized patients to 14,333, according to official figures. The previous record, 14,181, was reached on August 17. The number of contaminations and the number of deaths have quadrupled compared to the last week of December.

7h18: “The answer is not at all the dimension of the problem” in Moselle

“We are totally unsatisfied. For now, the answer is not at all the size of the problem.” The mayor of Metz (LR) François Grosdidier was very disappointed with the answers given by the Minister of Health Olivier Véran after his day on Friday in Moselle, a department which records a very large number of cases of Covid-19 variants. The mayor of Metz had pleaded for a localized reconfinement. But for the moment no reconfinement has been decided.

7:03 am: France recommends a single dose of vaccine for people who have already had Covid

Cured people “have already developed an immune memory on the occasion of the infection. The single dose of vaccine will thus play a reminder role”, explained the High Authority for Health (HAS) in its opinion. France is currently the only country to make this recommendation. We explain everything in this article.

6:53 am: More than 50,000 dead in Argentina

Argentina exceeded the threshold of 50,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Friday and has more than two million cases of contamination by the coronavirus, announced the Ministry of Health.

6:47 am: The coronavirus “among us” for a long time

The coronavirus is “with us” for a long time and the world must prepare for it, the European disease agency has warned, as the vaccination campaign accelerates in Europe, where the UK is working hard.

6:45 am: Issoudun reopens its museum

After Perpignan, the mayor (PS) of Issoudun (Indre) announced on Friday the reopening of his museum from this Saturday, without waiting for the “experimentation” requested by the big cities for the resumption of the activities of cultural places.

“Museums are essential places of culture (…), places where the risk of contamination is the lowest (…), where we do not eat, drink, smoke, or is invited not to touch “, argued André Laignel, mayor of Issoudun and vice-president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF).

What to remember from this Friday

  • The Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced a strengthening of the testing and vaccination policy in Moselle, a department which has a higher incidence than in the rest of the territory, in particular with an increase in the South African variant.
  • “A single dose” of vaccine against Covid-19 is enough for patients who have already had the disease, recommended the French health authorities, a measure that would save a large number of doses in a context of constrained supply.
  • The world must prepare for the coronavirus to remain “among us” for a long time despite vaccines, the director of the European disease agency warned on Friday.
  • In Australia, a new five-day containment of the six million inhabitants of the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, began on Friday to counter a possible resurgence of the epidemic. The Australian Open, a tennis tournament which began on Monday, will therefore have to continue behind closed doors.
  • The Saar region (southwest of Germany) does not exclude the re-establishment of border controls with France and Luxembourg to control the spread of Covid-19 variants.

6:10 am: Hello and welcome to this live dedicated to the Covid-19 epidemic in France and around the world.


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