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The High Authority for Health has given the green light to the vaccination of 5-11 year olds in France but does not wish to make it “payable or compulsory”.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the green light on Monday for Novavax’s anti-Covid vaccine, using more conventional technology than those used for already authorized vaccines, which could reduce skepticism among the unvaccinated.
The number of false health passes is estimated at 182,000 in France, according to a source from the Ministry of the Interior to CNEWS.
Belgium gave the green light on Monday for the vaccination against Covid-19 of children aged 5 to 11, following in the footsteps of several European countries.
The vaccination of children, “free and voluntary”, “will only be possible with the agreement of the parents or the legal guardian”, specifies a press release published at the end of an interministerial conference bringing together the ministers of health of this Federal state.
This vaccination will be carried out with a pediatric version of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, “which is administered in two doses 21 days apart”, indicates the text, recalling that this vaccine has been approved by the European regulator, the EMA.
The Davos World Economic Forum, scheduled for January, has been postponed.
World tennis star Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that he tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return from the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament. “I tested positive in a PCR test which was carried out when I arrived in Spain,” the Spanish player said on Twitter.
“I’m having a bad time but I hope to get better little by little,” added the 20-year-old Grand Slam winner, 35.
Twelve people infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have died and 104 are hospitalized in the United Kingdom, facing a wave of contaminations prompting calls for new restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Monday.
“If we look at Omicron, what we know is that it’s spreading very quickly. We currently have 104 hospitalizations from Omicron, we’ve had 12 deaths. But there is a time lag in terms of data so we do not really know how serious it will be, “said on Times Radio Mr. Raab, who is also Minister of Justice.
“The only thing we know is that those who receive a booster injection benefit from more than 70% effective protection,” he added, justifying the acceleration of the vaccine booster campaign decided by the government eight days ago.
The secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, estimated Monday that the establishment of the health pass in business, envisaged by the government, would be “absurd and totally ineffective”.
“We are opposed to it because it corresponds to an obligation to vaccinate. We prefer (…) to strengthen barrier gestures, to encourage more vaccination rather than the introduction of this pass”, launched the number one of the CGT on Franceinfo, while the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, receives the social partners at the end of the morning.
It must discuss with them this proposal for the generalization of the health pass to the entire professional sphere, whereas it currently only concerns employees in places whose users must present it.
The High Authority of Health will make public its opinion on the opening to all children over 5 years of vaccination against Covid-19, this Monday around 2 p.m. The vaccination of children at risk or living alongside immunocompromised people has already started last week in France.
The European Commission announced on Sunday an agreement with the BioNtech and Pfizer groups to deliver 20 million additional doses of their anti-Covid vaccine to member states in the first half of 2022 in order to facilitate vaccination campaigns.
In the Netherlands where 86% of adults are vaccinated, all non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums and theaters closed their doors on Sunday until January 14. Schools must keep doors closed until January 9. At the same time, the number of guests that people are allowed to receive in their homes is reduced to two, except for Christmas, as well as the day before and the day after this day of December 25, and for the New Year period, when it will be four. . Health restrictions imposed by the Dutch government are increasingly unpopular, with riots erupting in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague for several nights in November.
The Israeli government on Sunday banned its citizens from traveling to several European countries including France on the red list, and the United States could be added to it in order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. These restrictions on travel abroad, which already affected most African countries as well as Great Britain and Denmark, now also apply to Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and also the United Arab Emirates.
The French Minister of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, has tested positive for Covid-19, at a time when France is facing a high level of contamination, with some 50,000 new cases per day, the authorities announced.