Covid-19 vaccine in France: latest updates

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Vaccinations against Covid-19 continue in France, with more than 100,000 people expected to be vaccinated by this weekend, and the new modern vaccine now approved by medical authorities.

Deployment of vaccination

The Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in France on January 11, Health Minister Olivier Véran said. The American-made jab is 94% efficient, trials have shown.

So far, only the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been used. Both vaccines require two doses, given at least 48 hours, and up to six weeks apart.

Vaccinations continue to increase in France.

The minister said: “Next week the speed will increase even more. We are already at the daily average for European countries and we will have the first 50,000 of the new Moderna vaccine from Monday in our country.

He said France would hit 100,000 vaccinations by this weekend.

Currently, vaccines are available for residents of elderly care homes and healthcare workers aged 50 and over.

Read more: Easy-to-consult guide to the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination in France

Nancy starts vaccinating over 75 years old

The city of Nancy, in Meurthe-et-Moselle, Grand Est, will start vaccinating people over 75 years old from January 13.

It is several days ahead of the national calendar. It was confirmed in a joint press release from the city authorities, the prefecture of Meurthe-et-Moselle, the CHRU hospital in Nancy and the Professional Community of the Greater Nancy Health Territory (CPTS).

It comes after Jean Rottner, president of the Grand Est region, condemned the slow deployment of vaccination in France as a “state scandal”.

Mass tests in Bagneux

The Paris suburb of Bagneux launched a ‘mass testing’ campaign after one person tested positive for the UK variant of the virus. This was found to be of concern as the individual works at two schools and has not recently traveled to the UK or had any contact with anyone else who had traveled.

According to the Department of Health, there are currently around 40 cases of the British variant in France and three cases of the South African variant.

Read more – British variant Covid in France: details of two clusters

The Strasbourg vaccination center is looking for staff

The Grand Est city of Strasbourg will open a vaccination center on January 18, in order to begin vaccinations for the elderly as quickly as possible.

He is looking for health workers for the center.

Mayor Jeanne Barseghian said this weekend that the city was “ready to open a vaccination center from January 18”, in a large 500 m2 hall in the city center, which is generally used for concerts, conferences or major events.

Dr Alexandre Feltz, deputy for public health and environment, said: “We need health professionals, whether generalists or nurses” to open more vaccination centers and for the municipal center. ”

Strasbourg has nearly 20,000 people aged 75 and over.

On Saturday, the Minister of Health and Prime Minister Jean Castex also visited a new vaccination center in Tarbes, in the Hautes-Pyrénées.

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