World Covid-19: why vaccinations will slow down in February

11:00  29 january  2021
11:00  29 january  2021 Source:   lexpress.fr

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The government predicts that 2.5 million people will have received a first injection at the end of February, far from the target of four million people vaccinated.

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Is the vaccination campaign too slow in France? This criticism, heard at the end of December during the first injections, will certainly not disappear next month. The government plans, for February, that only one million people will receive a first injection of the anti-Covid vaccine, after more than 1.4 million in January, for a total of about 2.5 million at the end of February, as it announced it on Thursday.

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This vaccination forecast is much lower than the figure of 4 million people vaccinated at the end of February mentioned by the Minister of Health on Thursday, January 21 and again on Tuesday, reflecting deliveries of doses which promise to be lower than expected. "One million first injections and 1.4 million second injections of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (are) scheduled for February," said the ministry for its part, which reports the "drop in supplies" of these two laboratories.

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In addition, Olivier Véran's initial forecasts were based on the availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which must be examined this Friday for approval by the European regulator. The minister had also warned that all his estimates would depend on supplies.

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But AstraZeneca announced this week that it would deliver to France only 4.6 million doses of its vaccine by the end of March, half less than expected, according to the Ministry of Health. At the European level, the group would only plan to deliver in the first quarter "a quarter" of the doses initially promised to the 27 EU countries, which demand it to keep its commitments.

In France, appointments to be vaccinated in February will therefore be limited. Among the first injections scheduled for February, "600,000 correspond to appointments already made, between February 1 and 14" and "400,000 correspond to new appointments between February 15 and 28 , which will be open by the end of the week, "the ministry said in a statement.

Postponement of appointments in several regions

Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté also announced on Thursday the postponement of appointments for a first injection of the vaccine. The reason: the difficulties of supplying Pfizer doses.

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"In order to guarantee the administration of the second injection for all people who have already received the first dose in January, all of the first vaccination appointments (1st injection) scheduled until Tuesday 2 February inclusive will be deprogrammed and immediately reprogrammed from the first week of March, "wrote the Hauts-de-France Regional Health Agency (ARS) in a press release.

Its counterpart in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté warns, for its part, that "certain appointments made in February for a first injection are likely to be postponed for a few days or weeks". "No appointment will be canceled," said the agency in a statement. The ARS Ile-de-France foresees for its part "the delay of 15,000 to 20,000 appointments" fixed for the week of February 8, which will be rescheduled "in the following 15 days at most", therefore before the end of the month.

"Many French people who would like to be vaccinated are still waiting for an appointment", admitted Gabriel Attal. "I want to tell them that the doses continue to arrive in our country," he added, promising "total transparency" on the vaccination campaign. "All the data are gradually being made open data and accessible to all French people" to consult "the number of people who have been vaccinated by age group at national level, at regional level at departmental level and the number doses that are planned in each of the departments for the next few weeks and in the days to come, "he promised.

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