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POLICY – Objective: “to save the end of year celebrations”. Gabriel Attal indicated, this Wednesday, November 24, that the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, was going to announce new sanitary measures on Thursday for contain the fifth epidemic wave of covid-19.
The government spokesperson explained that his colleague would speak at midday, reviving the traditional press conferences dedicated to the Covid-19. Until then, the government will consult the various political forces of the country around three axes: “strengthen the barrier measures”, “strengthen the health pass to put more constraints on the unvaccinated ”, and“ accelerate the vaccination campaign. ”
“The observation is clear: our epidemic situation is deteriorating very clearly”, warned Gabriel Attal at the end of a Defense Council and the Council of Ministers. This is why the executive calls for “general mobilization”, so as not to “have to return to measures of gauges, closures, curfews or confinements.”
“A dazzling wave” which is confirmed
“A few days ago, I was talking about the start of a meteoric wave and this is confirmed with a reproduction rate of the virus, which is estimated today at 1.6 and which should most likely continue to increase in the coming days. and the next few weeks, ”added the spokesperson, listing the worrying health indicators, without however going into the details of future measures.
Concretely, Olivier Véran should specify to whom the booster dose, called the third dose, of vaccine will be opened in the coming weeks. Currently, people over 65 can receive it, as well as people at risk and caregivers. President Emmanuel Macron announced in early November that everyone over 50 could benefit from it from December, when the High Authority for Health (HAS) goes even further by recommending it now to over 40s.
As for the eruptive question of the health pass, the challenge is to know how to condition it for recall according to the age groups. For the time being, only those over 65 have the prospect of having to receive their reminder to continue to benefit from this document, a mechanism which is due to start on December 15.
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