Wednesday, January 19

Covid-19: new measures will be announced on Thursday

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran leaves the Elysée Palace after the Council of Ministers, November 24, 2021 in Paris Thomas COEX

Health Minister Olivier Véran will present new measures on Thursday in the face of the resumption of the Covid epidemic, including “the acceleration” of vaccination and the “strengthening of the health pass”, the government announced on Wednesday.

“Our epidemic situation is deteriorating very clearly”, warned Gabriel Attal, spokesperson for the government, after a health defense council and the Council of Ministers.

“A few days ago, I was talking about the start of a meteoric wave and this is being confirmed”, he insisted, warning that the circulation of the virus should “continue to increase in the coming days and weeks”.

Faced with this acceleration of the epidemic, the government did not however make a concrete announcement, referring to a press conference on Thursday at midday by the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

But Mr. Attal has already warned that measures are planned along three main axes: “the acceleration of the vaccine booster campaign”, “the strengthening of the health pass” and “the strengthening of barrier measures” such as wearing a mask.

On the foreground, Mr. Véran should specify to whom the booster dose, called the third dose, of anti-Covid vaccine will be opened in the coming weeks. Currently, people over 65 can receive it, as well as people at risk and caregivers.

President Emmanuel Macron announced in early November that everyone over 50 could benefit from it from December, and the High Authority for Health (HAS) went even further by recommending it now to over 40s.

As for the health pass, the challenge is to know how to condition it for recall according to the age groups. For the time being, only those over 65 have the prospect of having to receive their reminder to continue to benefit from this document, a mechanism which is due to start on December 15.

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