5:49 am: France has reserved 500,000 doses of Paxlovid, the Pfizer pill
Will 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 the Parisian. 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 Health Authority. This should happen soon. Monday, Pfizer had already announced an investment of 520 million euros to produce its pill in France.
A Parisian pharmacist imprisoned, he billed for fictitious tests
A Parisian pharmacist was indicted and imprisoned in mid-December, suspected of having invoiced fictitious Covid-19 screening tests, for damages 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.
6:47 am: On his vacation in Ibiza, Blanquer recognizes a “mistake” but will not resign
Criticized 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.
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.
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