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Paris accepts the slowness of the vaccine campaign


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#Politicians from all sides criticized the slowness of the vaccination campaign in #France on #Wednesday. A strategy, however, assumed by the government, which wants to take the time for “pedagogy” in a country where mistrust of vaccines is strong.

#Already 78,000 people vaccinated against #Covid-19 in #Germany, 8,300 in #Italy … and more than 300 in #France: the slow start of the vaccine campaign arouses criticism and incomprehension in the political class and among some doctors, but the government said to assume its strategy.

#Is #France behind compared to other countries? There are already over 600,000 people vaccinated in the #United #Kingdom, one million in the #United #States and 650,000 in #Israel, but comparisons with these countries are hardly relevant because vaccination started there much earlier (respectively the 8, #December 14 and 19).

#Speed ​​up to save lives

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The countries of the #European #Union, on the other hand, started their vaccination campaign at the same time as #France, on #December 27. #However, less than 200 people were vaccinated in #France in four days, against more than 78,000 in #Germany and 8,300 in #Italy.

A difference which denotes a “real and impressive #French delay,” tweeted PS #Senator #Rachid #Temal. “#We could perhaps accelerate a little” to “save lives”, criticized the president of the UDI, #Jean-Christophe #Lagarde, on RMC.

The government is advancing “with very small steps”, it is “not adapted” to the situation, also lamented the geneticist #Axel #Kahn. #On the contrary, it would be necessary to show “enthusiasm” by accelerating the vaccination, otherwise the 30 to 35% of “vaccine-skeptics” will be convinced that “if we go so slowly”, it is “that there is a danger, “he said on #Europe 1.

#Ridiculous comparisons

“I reject this idea of ​​taking small steps”, defended on LCI #Professor #Alain #Fischer, the “#Mr. vaccine” appointed by the government. #According to him, it is “derisory” to make comparisons between countries over the “few days” that have passed since the start of the campaign. #This slow start, he explained, is due to the choice of prioritizing the most vulnerable and the complexity of delivering doses of the #Pfizer / #BioNTech vaccine, which must be stored at – 80 degrees.

The #Minister of #Health, #Olivier Véran, had “assumed”, #Tuesday, this soft start, ensuring not to confuse “speed and precipitation”.

The government favors “pedagogy”, he explained on #France 2: “we collect the consent of people before they are vaccinated. I believe that it is a pledge of confidence”.

#Unlike #Germany, #France has chosen “to move the vaccine to people in retirement homes and not to ask people in retirement homes to move””, for his part justified the holder. word of the government, #Gabriel #Attal, suggesting that this could slow down the process.

#In the end, “what matters is that by #January we will have caught up with the gap vis-à-vis everyone”, assured #Mr. Véran.

#Priority vaccination

#Does the step-by-step strategy adopted in #France differ from that of its neighbors?

The #Haute #Autorité de #Santé (HAS) has defined a phased vaccination schedule, giving priority to people at risk and those particularly exposed to the virus.

#Concretely, the campaign begins with some 750,000 residents of retirement homes as well as the employees of these establishments “who themselves present a risk of serious form (over 65 years and / or with comorbidity (s))”. The target audiences must then be enlarged in stages, with the youngest and least vulnerable coming last.

#Several neighboring countries have adopted more or less similar strategies: in #Germany, vaccination currently mainly concerns seniors in retirement homes, but also their caregivers, in the #United #Kingdom priority is given to these same categories as well as to more age 50 and people at risk. #In #Italy, it is the health professionals who have priority, then the staff and residents of retirement homes.

#Target widening

The #Israeli authorities are aiming for mass vaccination: the goal of one million vaccinated – out of nine million inhabitants – is envisaged by the end of the week. #And a quarter of the population should be within a month.

#In #France, some are asking for a widening of the target audiences: “it is necessary to vaccinate caregivers as a priority”, pleads #Axel #Kahn. “#As an individual, I would like to be vaccinated to set an example,” also underlined #Professor #Philippe #Juvin, elected LR and head of emergencies at the #Georges #Pompidou hospital.

“#If we had to vaccinate all nursing staff, we would not have enough (doses) for everyone,” however, recalled immunologist #Stéphane #Paul in #Liberation.

#With AFP





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