8:26 am: For Barbara Pompili, “the decisions would not have changed one iota” if Jean-Michel Blanquer had been in Paris and not in Ibiza
After the controversy over the holidays of the Minister of Education which raged on Tuesday, the Minister for the Ecological Transition estimated that the decisions related to the health protocol in schools “would not have changed one iota” if Jean- Michel Blanquer had been in Paris and not in Ibiza on the eve of the start of the school year. “You always have to be exemplary when you do politics, but politicians are like everyone else. The important thing is that the minister has been at his job since the beginning of the crisis two years ago, every day and every night. »
8:14 a.m.: A cluster of 80 children in snow classA hundred sixth-grade students from a college in La Manche went to snow class in Haute-Savoie, and 80 returned from their stay positive for Covid-19, says Ouest France. The educational teams had initially “hesitated” to leave.
7:55 am: New restrictions in sight in JapanJapan is set to reinstate restrictions in much of the country, including the capital Tokyo, in the face of record numbers of infections caused by the Omicron variant. Each county will be free to choose the restrictions they wish to introduce between reducing opening hours for bars and restaurants and limiting the sale of alcohol Japan has been relatively spared by the pandemic, with 18,400 dead since early 2020. It has also avoided strict lockdown measures, unlike many other countries.
7:45 am: The Prefecture of police does not authorize the Parisian demonstration of teachers on ThursdayThe Parisian demonstration of several teacher unions scheduled for Thursday to demand “strong responses” in the face of the “chaos” caused by the health crisis, was banned by the Paris police headquarters, the declaration having been made “out of time”. prefect of police (…) did not ban the demonstration” but was unable to “issue a receipt” to the organizers whose prior declaration was not filed within the “legal deadlines”, namely more than three days before the day of mobilization, according to the code of internal security, underlined the prefecture in a press release.
7:25 am: No complications with RNA vaccines for pregnant womenStudies of pregnant women have found that the two most widely used Covid vaccines, made with messenger RNA technology (Pfizer, Moderna), pose no risk to mothers or babies, the agency said on Tuesday. European Medicines (EMA). In France, another study pointed out that these vaccines did not increase the risk of serious cardiovascular problems (infarction, stroke or pulmonary embolism) in people under 75 years old.
6:57 am: 1,300 trucks stranded in the Andes Cordillera due to Covid testsMore than 1,300 heavy goods vehicles from Argentina were blocked on Tuesday at the main border crossing with Chile, in the Andes, due to systematic Covid screening tests carried out on truckers, we learned from transporters. The blockade at the Paso Cristo Redentor post, at an altitude of more than 3,100 m began two days ago, when the Chilean authorities reinforced their health control, with antigenic tests that have become systematic, indicated the Argentine federation of the road freight. A Parisian pharmacist imprisoned, he charged for fictitious tests A Parisian pharmacist was indicted and imprisoned in mid-December, suspected of having invoiced fictitious tests for the detection of Covid-19, for a damage of at least several million euros for health insurance. According to Le Canard enchaîné, which revealed the existence of this investigation, the investigations began after a doctor discovered that he had bought thousands of tests without his knowledge. Read our full article here.
6:32 am: $300 million invested by foundations to fight the pandemicThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the British charitable foundation Wellcome announced on Tuesday that they would each invest an additional $150 million in the fight against Covid and the prevention of future pandemics. These funds will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which notably co-pilots the mechanism for distributing vaccines to the poorest countries Covax.
6:25 am: In Brazil, an absolute record of daily contaminationsBrazil recorded a new record for Covid-19 contamination in 24 hours, with 137,103 cases, according to the latest report provided on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health. This country of 213 million inhabitants deplores a total of some 23.2 million cases and 621,517 deaths.
6:12 am: more than 100,000 contaminations in Germany in 24 hoursGermany has recorded 112,323 new cases of Covid-19 contamination as well as 239 deaths in 24 hours, according to data published early Wednesday by health authorities. A record. The one-week incidence rate reached 584.4 cases per 100,000 people. Faced with the rise in contamination, the country has restricted access to bars and restaurants to people who have received a third dose of the vaccine or who have a negative test in addition to a certificate of vaccination or cure. No “confinement effect” for births in France The population of France continued to grow to 67.81 million inhabitants on January 1, 2022, nearly 200,000 more than last year. Two years marked by the imprint of the Covid, which slowed down births before boosting them, and of course increased mortality. All the details can be found here.
5:49 am: France has reserved 500,000 doses of Paxlovid, the Pfizer pillWill Paxlovid represent a turning point in the fight against Covid-19? The government believes in it, which has reserved 500,000 doses of this drug for 2022, according to Le Parisien. The first doses are expected for the end of January, assure our colleagues. Paxlovid, Pfizer’s anti-Covid pill, is an antiviral supposed to reduce the risk of hospitalization by 89% in adults who can develop a severe form. However, the Pfizer pill must still await marketing authorization from the High Authority for Health. This should happen soon. Monday, Pfizer had already announced an investment of 520 million euros to produce its pill in France.
6:47 am: On his vacation in Ibiza, Blanquer recognizes a “mistake” but will not resignCriticized from all sides after his New Year’s Eve vacation in Ibiza, Jean-Michel Blanquer admitted Tuesday on TF1 an “error”, but ruled out resigning. “I took 4 days off and I worked during these 4 days”, he defended himself. He received the support of Prime Minister Jean Castex, who assured that his Minister of National Education had “respected” government instructions. This content is blocked because you did not accept trackers. By clicking on “I accept”, the plotters will be deposited and you will be able to view the content. By clicking on “I accept all tracers”, you authorize deposits of tracers for the storage of your data on our sites and applications for the purposes of personalization and advertising targeting. You retain the option to withdraw your consent at any time.
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5:47 am: 467,769 cases in 24 hours, an absolute record Currently, 26,526 patients are treated for Covid-19 in hospitals (+750 in 24 hours), including 3,881 in critical care (-32). In addition, contamination is still at its highest: 464,769 cases of contamination have been counted in the last 24 hours, or +26% compared to last Tuesday. Infections have experienced a meteoric rise under the pressure of the extremely contagious Omicron variant. But one hope has been confirmed in recent weeks: Omicron is less dangerous than previous incarnations of the virus. What to remember from Tuesday
Pfizer and Moderna, Messenger RNA vaccines, do not increase cardiovascular risks in adults (excluding myocarditis or pericarditis), according to a study by the Medicines Agency.
The Constitutional Council, seized by opposition deputies and senators, will make its decision on Friday on the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass.
China has ordered the systematic disinfection of mail from overseas. The authorities’ hypothesis is that the Omicron variant was introduced by a letter arriving from Canada on which traces of the virus were found.
“We have reached the peak of the Omicron wave (…) but we do not know what is after the peak, if it will go down or if there will be a plateau,” warns Eric Caumes, infectious disease specialist at the Hotel Dieu in Paris.
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