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Offbeat Covid-19: how France is preparing for the first injections in January

17:00  29 november  2020
17:00  29 november  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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"Our communications next week will show you that we are ready." The phrase is from Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, in an interview with Parisien this Sunday. As the arrival on the market of Covid-19 vaccines draws closer, France is putting the finishing touches to its vaccine strategy. The minister, who does not say he is "not constrained by an end-of-year agenda", rather augurs a first deployment of doses in January 2021. "The arrival of vaccines will not change the lives of the French in overnight, ”says Véran, but“ it will allow us to live better ”. This schedule could be clarified on Monday by the High Authority for Health (HAS), which will unveil its "strategy for prioritizing populations" in the morning.

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The Sunday Journal outlines several tracks . First by noting that the first "vaccine candidate" that could be deployed is Pfizer's and BioNTech , which is awaiting a green light from the European Medicines Agency in mid-December. From January, 1.5 million people could benefit from it in the form of two injections (the second occurring twenty-one to twenty-eight days after the initial). A figure well below the 30 million people "at risk" in the country. In detail, the some 750,000 residents of nursing home and the most fragile health workers, could, according to the JDD, be the first targeted. Last Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, ruled, saying that vaccination will not be compulsory. According to an Ifop poll for the JDD, only 41% of French people intend to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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"Frightening logistics"

Already, substantial logistics are taking place implements. On the territory, 130 places would have been identified to keep the doses at -70 ° C, a constraint specific to the technology of Pfizer and BioNTech . The hypothesis of "vaccinodromes" is also being studied, unless the injection campaigns take place in referral hospitals. A “frightening logistics”, according to an actor in the file cited by the JDD. The dossier is supervised by a "vaccines task force", a group of senior officials who will be responsible for making it evolve over the months.

Because several products will be on the market in 2021. Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, in particular, could benefit from simpler logistics because they are easier to store. "Almost every time a product is released, the HAS will propose an ad hoc strategy," said a source quoted by the JDD.

The involvement of private doctors is also a key issue. They should be given "responsibility for the organization" of vaccination "at the local level, in conjunction with local authorities," said Jacques Battistoni, president of the MG France general practitioner union, in an interview with the JDD. “The government has learned the lessons of the vaccination fiasco in large centers of 2009 (against the H1N1 flu). He knows he can't do without us; that if it does not rely on city professionals, doctors, pharmacists or nurses, it will be sure to fail, ”he warns.

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