LIVE Covid: no delay in the French vaccination campaign, assures Pannier-Runacher

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The Covid pandemic has claimed nearly 2,089 million lives worldwide since its discovery in China in December 2019. More than 97.4 million cases have been officially diagnosed, as the appearance of new, more contagious variants fuels an acceleration infections in many countries.

In France, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has not announced any re-containment or a new round of health screws, despite growing pressure in this direction from doctors and epidemiological indicators which are slowly deteriorating.

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> One year after the shock of confinement in Wuhan, another turn of the screw in the world

One year ago to the day Wuhan decreed containment. As the Chinese city returns to its former life, several countries are imposing new restrictions in the face of the pandemic. A nighttime curfew comes into effect in the Netherlands when Colombia confines over the weekend.

You need a test to be allowed to enter Israel and Norway has decided on the strictest semi-containment measures it has taken in Oslo and its region following the detection of cases of the English variant. Portugal yesterday closed its schools, nurseries and universities for 15 days and the region of Madrid, Spain, brought forward the curfew hour.

> Anti-Covid vaccines: health authorities recommend spacing out the 2nd injection by 6 weeks

Spacing the injection of two doses of vaccines by six weeks, instead of three to four weeks currently, is a “reasonable” option, assures the High Authority for Health (HAS), to protect the most vulnerable and face the ” epidemic outbreak ”.

“In a context of limitation in the number of vaccine doses and in order to allow an increase in the vaccination coverage of the most vulnerable people in the short term, the extension of the time between two vaccine doses is an option to be considered”, indicates the HAS in a report released on Saturday.

> No delay in the French vaccination campaign, assures Pannier-Runacher

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The vaccination plan in France is not called into question by the delivery times announced by certain manufacturers, including Pfizer and AstraZeneca, assured the Minister for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher. “We have new vaccines arriving, we have Pfizer which is increasing its production capacity,” she said on France Inter.

“We had indicated a million people vaccinated at the end of January, we are at 950,000 today. So this objective will be exceeded ”, indicated the Minister. “We also reported 15 million people vaccinated in June. I am reasonably confident that this target will be exceeded, ”she continued.

> Oslo closes its non-essential shops in the face of the resumption of the epidemic

New health restriction measures will be put in place in Oslo, the capital of Norway, as well as in nine other neighboring municipalities due to a sharp resumption of the epidemic linked to the spread of the so-called English variant, announced the government.

Malls and businesses considered non-essential will be closed from noon on Saturday and will not reopen until February 1. This is the first such closure since the start of the epidemic in the country.

> United States: 190,343 new contaminations, 3,788 deaths

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The number of coronavirus contaminations detected in the United States in the space of 24 hours increased by 190,343 on Friday, according to a count made by Reuters.

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The number of deaths linked to the disease increased by 3,788, bringing the toll of the epidemic to 413,775 dead in the country.

> China reports 107 new cases of contamination

China has identified 107 new confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination in the past twenty-four hours, health authorities reported on Saturday. In a statement, the National Health Commission said it had recorded 90 local transmissions.

> Containment and mandatory screening in Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong government confined an area of ​​the Kowloon Peninsula on Saturday, saying its 10,000 residents were to stay at home until they were tested for the coronavirus and the results were known.

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The government has announced that the screening campaign should be over within 48 hours, in order to allow residents to go to work on Monday. This month, 162 cases have been confirmed in the area where containment has been imposed.

> More than 16,000 additional cases in Germany

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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination in Germany climbed to 2,122,679, 16,417 more cases than the day before, according to data reported on Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

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The institute also reports 879 additional deaths, bringing the total to 51,521 deaths since the start of the epidemic in the country.

> Biden estimates that the Covid will kill more than 600,000 in the United States

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The American president estimated that the Covid pandemic would kill well over 600,000 in the United States. “We are at 400,000 dead, and that should reach much more than 600,000,” said the new tenant of the White House, who had never mentioned such a heavy toll.

> Students: resumption of face-to-face lessons applicable “from Monday” and “no later than February 8”

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The terms of implementation of the resumption of on-site courses announced by Emmanuel Macron on Thursday in Saclay have just been sent to universities and grandes écoles.

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The circular from the Ministry of Higher Education – which “Les Echos” was able to consult – has just been sent to establishments.

> AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine deliveries lower than expected in Europe

Deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine in Europe, subject to its approval, will be smaller than expected, due to a “drop in yield” at a manufacturing site, the British group said.

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The decision of the European Medicines Agency is expected on January 29.

> France records more than 23,000 new cases of Covid-19

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The country has identified 23,292 new contaminations in twenty-four hours, according to health authorities. French hospitals have counted 319 new deaths due to Covid-19 in 24 hours, to which are added 330 deaths in nursing homes, whose data are updated twice a week.

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The number of patients hospitalized for a Covid infection in France stands at 25,908, or 173 more than the day before, and the number of patients treated in the intensive care units at 2,912, or 36 more.

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