US News CARDS. Covid-19: vaccination accelerated last week

17:35  08 march  2021
17:35  08 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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More than 3.7 million French people had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of March 6. The vaccination campaign, at the heart of the government's strategy to emerge from the health crisis, saw a marked acceleration last week. But will this rhythm be kept?

From Monday March 1 to Saturday March 6, according to data from Public Health France, 1,088,230 doses of anti-Covid vaccine were administered in France (first and second injections combined). This is almost 300,000 more than in previous weeks.

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Since the start of the vaccination campaign on December 27, more than 3.7 million French people have received a first injection, or 5.4% of the population. 1.9 million people received a second dose.

In particular, the vaccination campaign saw a sharp increase at the end of last week with the opening of ephemeral centers during the day on Saturday, manned for example by firefighters and rescue workers . More than 200,000 doses ( in particular of AstraZeneca ) were administered during the day of March 6, compared to 70,000 the previous Saturday. Sunday's figures have not yet been published. Here is the number of injections carried out daily since December 27:

This increase corresponds to the government's wish to put the package on vaccination, in the words of Jean Castex , to fight against the spread of variants of the coronavirus and avoid a new containment.

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Measures have thus been taken to intensify the rate of vaccination in the 23 departments under enhanced surveillance .

Uneven distribution

For now, the vaccination progress map does not really correspond to the most affected areas.

The areas affected by the enhanced surveillance are located in the north of the country, and in the south-east, but these are not where the largest proportion of the population has been vaccinated yet.

The departments where we have vaccinated the most currently are Allier (9.8% of the population received at least one first dose), ahead of Creuse (9%), and Nièvre (8.9%) . These are relatively sparsely populated departments, so each population percentage point requires fewer doses.

Inequalities between territories appear. Paris has 6.4% of its population having received a first dose (136,501 people), while Seine-Saint-Denis totals half as much (3.2% of the population, with 54,000 first doses).

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Among the departments causing the most concern, the Alpes-Maritimes have 6.8% of the population having received a first dose (73,920 people) and the Pas-de-Calais 5.1% (73,675 people). In Moselle, where special measures were taken in mid-February, the proportion reached 8%.

Records this weekend

Many departments had their highest number of daily injections on Saturday since vaccination began. This is the case for most of the 23 departments under increased surveillance:

It remains to be seen whether this record pace will be able to be maintained. Last weekend's sprint was allowed because doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were available . However, they may already be missing this week: liberal doctors will not have any, in favor of pharmacists, and are furious .

We see on the graph below that the increase of last week is largely due to the flow of AstraZeneca doses:

The Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, spoke reassuring and indicated this Monday, March 8 that, within two weeks, the pace of vaccine dose deliveries would exceed 2 million per week, and that France would have the capacity to vaccinate 30 million people by end of June.

Johnson & Johnson's vaccine could also be cleared by the French National Authority for Health by the end of the week, which only requires a single dose.

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