Despite official figures confirming that 69% of its population is fully vaccinated, France will have to face a new wave of Covid infections in the coming weeks, according to Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the French Scientific Council. On Wednesday morning, the doctor was asked about France Inter and asked to explain why the vaccine does not seem to be enough to prevent a new wave of infections.
He said the fifth wave had been there since mid-October.
“It is not a failure of vaccines,” he warned.
“We have to remember that it is amazing that we found these vaccines so quickly.
“However, they lose some of their effectiveness in five to six months, as has been proven in our older, immunocompromised patients.
“That’s why a booster jab is needed.
“We also know that these different vaccines do not protect so much against infection and transmission.
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Finally, the president of the French Scientific Council declared that he was an advocate of the controversial “passe-santé”.
France has made it compulsory to present a health pass – proving that you are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid – to access a wide variety of public spaces, including places of more than 50 people, long distance transport, restaurants, cafes and terraces.
The pass could be mandatory until July 2022.
Delfraissy does not rule out an annual injection of the vaccine if COVID-19 becomes endemic.