NIH Director Says Covid-19 Vaccine Clearance “May Not Happen” by Year End

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French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) chairs a meeting with medical staff at the René Dubos hospital center in Pontoise, Val d’Oise, on October 23, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections at Covid -19. Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images

France reported a new daily record of coronavirus infections with 42,032 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by the country’s health agency on Friday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in France to 1,041,075, according to French government statistics, and marks the first time the number of government coronavirus cases has exceeded one million.

France also recorded 298 additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the death toll to 34,508, according to the French Health Agency.

According to government data, an additional 976 coronavirus patients have been admitted to hospital and another 122 coronavirus patients have entered intensive care in the past 24 hours.

Speaking at a health center this afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron said he expected France to live with the virus at least until summer 2021.

“When I listen to scientists and the Scientific Council, we anticipate [living with the virus] at best until next summer, ”Macron said. It is still too early to say if we are moving towards larger local nooks and crannies, each time we will try to reduce the places, the times when we have identified that the virus is circulating. many. This is the strategy that we will pursue. ”

Macron added that the government intends to implement new restrictions in the most targeted manner possible.

From midnight Friday, the night-time coronavirus curfew in France will be more widely extended, with 46 million French people affected, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday.

To note: According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, France has recorded 1,048,924 cases of coronavirus and 34,236 deaths. CNN’s Paris office is working to clarify the gap between state statistics and university numbers.

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