Vaccination against Covid-19 is extended, Monday, January 18, to all people over 75 years old. Until then reserved for certain priority groups including nursing home residents or caregivers, vaccination is now accessible to over 75 years not living in retirement homes (5 million people). In addition, there are nearly 800,000 people with pathologies “High risk” (chronic renal failure, cancer under treatment, etc.).
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, assured Monday that the milestone of one million French people vaccinated against Covid-19 would be “Largely achieved by the end of the month”, on the sidelines of a visit to the University Hospital Center (CHU) of Grenoble on the first day of vaccination open to over 75s. “Not everyone can be vaccinated in a day or a week, not because the logistics would not follow, but because the challenge is to have enough doses to vaccinate all French people”, however, he warned.
“Whenever doses arrive, we make them immediately available, we open appointment slots for the French. We are in a tight flow, it is our strategy, it is the strategy of all the countries that vaccinate ”, assured Mr. Véran.
In total, 6.4 million people are called upon to be vaccinated. But the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, invited to the « patience », while the doses of the precious serum arrive only gradually.
In a France under advanced curfew at 6 p.m. since Saturday and for “At least fifteen days” in order to limit social contact, the government is counting on these injections to stem the epidemic.
In a country with vaccinosceptic tendencies, an IFOP survey cited by The Parisian Sunday indicates that 54% of French people now want to be vaccinated. This is 15 points more than in December, notes the daily. Appointment requests, opened at the end of last week, were marked by an influx of requests, with more than a million appointments already made, while 833 centers were “Open and accessible for reservation”, according to Olivier Véran. But not all the seniors were able to register, generating some tension.
After a sluggish start, only 422,127 people received the precious first injection on Sunday evening, with the government continuing to be the target of criticism. “There are not enough vaccines for everyone”, recalled Jacques Battistoni, president of the MG France general practitioner union in Sunday Newspaper. Predicting “A false start” Monday, he criticized the government for not launching a mass campaign, but for“Organize queues!” “.
Side doses, after cold sweats related to the announcement of a drop in pace “For three to four weeks”, the American group Pfizer, associated with the German laboratory BioNTech, evoked on Saturday a « plan » to speed up production and return to the original schedule of deliveries to the EU “From the week of January 25”.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s anti-Covid vaccine delivery delay will be caught up “At the end of the first trimester”, thus assured Monday the Minister for Industry, Agnès Panier-Runnacher, who however said « vigilante ». “The schedule calls for a drop in delivery of 140,000 doses this week and, starting next week, we will have 520,000 weekly deliveries”, as originally planned, she told CNews.
“We will make up for this week’s delay at the end of the first quarter. (…) Pfizer guarantees us something almost painless, but we will be vigilant ”, added the minister, referring ” a challenge [industriel] huge “ to meet massive orders.
The epidemic does not show signs of weakness in France, with 2,766 patients in intensive care on Sunday and 136 new admissions in twenty-four hours. And the fear of a rebound is growing with the threat of new variants – British and South African – more contagious. A case of the South African variant was detected in Reunion, announced the prefecture and the regional health agency on Sunday, while in Mayotte four cases were identified.