The executive mobilized against Omicron before the New Year


The executive is mobilized on Monday with a Council of Ministers to accelerate the change from the health pass to a vaccine pass and another meeting to assess the situation already created by the meteoric progress of the new variant.

No truce for confectioners in the face of Omicron: the executive is mobilized on Monday with a Council of Ministers to accelerate the change from the health pass to a vaccine pass and another meeting to assess the situation already created by the meteoric progress of the new variant. Emmanuel Macron will hold by videoconference this health defense council dedicated to Covid-19 at 4:00 p.m., one hour before the Council of Ministers which must adopt the bill establishing the vaccine pass. Faced with Omicron, the government has chosen to accelerate the timetable: initially scheduled for entry into force at the end of January, this bill will be examined in committee at the National Assembly on Wednesday, before going to the Senate from January 5. .

Its entry into force is scheduled for January 15, according to the law consulted by AFP. In detail, the text transforms the health pass into a vaccination pass « for access to leisure activities, restaurants and drinking establishments, fairs, seminars and trade shows or even interregional transport », in particular rail. The only presentation of a negative test would however remain valid « for access to establishments and health and medico-social services ».

On the health situation, government spokesman Gabriel Attal had specified that a « reassessment » was scheduled for Monday, while Omicron is spreading « at a very rapid pace » in France and could even become « in the majority » in the next few months. days. Four days before the New Year, will the government announce stronger restrictions or will it choose the status quo? And what about the duration of isolation for « contact cases »? Thursday and Friday, Covid-19 contaminations approached 100,000 new cases recorded in 24 hours, a threshold never reached since the start of the epidemic, according to figures published by Public Health France.

But 22 million French people have already received a booster dose, or more than half of the 40 million eligible people. And the executive’s calls « for caution » before the holidays have also been heard. Several million people have been tested in anticipation of Christmas Eve, causing saturation on the SI-DEP platform on Friday, where the results of the screenings are published.

Booster dose from 4 months

However, pressure continues to mount on hospitals with 16,173 people currently hospitalized, including 3,254 in critical care. Faced with the emergency, the High Authority for Health (HAS) recommended Friday that the booster dose can be performed from three months for the eligible population. For its part, the Ministry of Health announced that the deadline would be reduced to 4 months from now – until then it was 5 months after the last injection – and not from January 3 as initially envisaged.

In its opinion, the HAS also recommended the administration as of now of a booster dose in 12-17 year olds suffering from immunodeficiency or a serious risk comorbidity. All this to avoid as much as possible a surge on hospitals in January, but also work stoppages which could cause the « possible disorganization of a certain number of essential services », fears the Scientific Council. As of this Christmas weekend, more than 4,500 flights have been canceled by airlines around the world, while thousands more are delayed, due to the isolation of many company and airport personnel.

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