As hospital pressure stabilizes, the government has begun lifting health restrictions. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France and around the world.
New York State is lifting the requirement to wear a mask indoors.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he hoped to be able to lift the requirement to isolate themselves for people who test positive for the coronavirus before the end of February, when England has already abandoned most of the anti-Covid restrictions.
The United Kingdom, whose government has been calling for several weeks to live with Covid as it does with the flu, was among the first in Europe to try to return to pre-pandemic life, relying on high vaccination coverage, such as Denmark or Sweden.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged the hundreds of truckers who have blocked downtown Ottawa for more than a week to speak out against Covid health measures, as part of a movement dubbed the “freedom convoy”. to put an end to their mobilization.
Some provinces, however, have announced new relief: Saskatchewan and Alberta (center), will give up the vaccine passport, believing that “the benefits no longer outweigh the costs”.
“The health improvement is confirmed. The lifting of the final measures in force will therefore be able to continue as planned. Everything suggests that next week, I will be delighted with the reopening of nightclubs and the end of the last instructions on consumption in bars, ”said government spokesman Gabriel Attal at the end of the Council of Ministers.
He also mentioned reasons to hope for the end of the vaccination pass “at the end of March, beginning of April”. “If we hold it is thanks to our exceptional vaccination coverage”, continued Gabriel Attal.
Professor Alain Fisher insisted that “there are no arguments in favor” of this fourth dose. “It is not excluded that I say the opposite in a week, it is the difficulty of the exercise, you have to adapt quite often. The Germans took this decision, but I would like to know how, because it is not entirely clear to me”, before the Committee on Social Affairs of the Senate.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms, the royal palace announced on Wednesday.
The 81-year-old sovereign, who received a booster dose in November, tested positive on Tuesday evening and “shows only mild symptoms”, the court said in a statement.
Slovenian conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, as the pandemic ebbed in the small Alpine country after an explosion of cases linked to the Omicron variant.
“For two years, I had successfully escaped the coronavirus. But yesterday my two children did a self-test which turned out to be positive (…) and unfortunately today it is my turn”, wrote the minister on Twitter.
The French subcontractor Cenexi has signed an agreement with the American biotech Humanigen to produce Lenzilumab in France, a potential treatment under study against Covid-19, he announced on Wednesday.
Cenexi, a pharmaceutical subcontractor specializing in the formulation and development of innovative sterile products, will thus become the sole producer in France of this potential treatment for the next five years. The batches will be produced in its factory in Hérouville-Saint-Clair, in Calvados.
Lenzilumab, a monoclonal antibody, aims to prevent and treat ‘cytokine shock’ or ‘cytokine storm’, an uncontrolled inflammatory reaction that appears to play a key role in severe cases of Covid-19. It is currently being registered with the European and French health authorities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday urged rich countries to urgently provide the $ 16 billion that is still missing to finance its plan to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Science has given us the tools” to fight the pandemic, “if shared globally in solidarity, we can end Covid-19 as a global health emergency this year,” the chief executive said. from WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.