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Prolonged confinement in Martinique, vaccines against the Delta variant … Update on the pandemic

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The health situation is still worrying in Martinique, where the confinement and curfew in force since July 30 have been extended by three additional weeks, until September 19 inclusive. In addition, the efficacy of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines against Covid-19 infection has fallen from 91% to 66% since the Delta variant became dominant in the United States, according to data released Tuesday by health authorities. American.

  • Prolonged confinement in Martinique

The containment and curfew in force since July 30 in Martinique have been extended by three additional weeks, until September 19 inclusive, to combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to a press release from the island’s prefecture. “The current health situation does not allow the lifting of the current measures”, explained the prefect Stanislas Cazelles.

To decide on this extension, he relied on the number of new cases of Covid-19 identified between August 16 and 22 – or 3,211 new cases – and on the situation in the hospital which remains worrying. Indeed, the waiting list for a place in intensive care is still very long despite a capacity increased from 20 to a hundred beds. The incidence rate fell over seven days to 875 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 1,200 per 100,000 inhabitants previously.

This decision of the prefect comes when Pascal Jean, the rector of the academy, launched consultations on the advisability of maintaining the start of the school year on September 2. The education unions like those of the parents of students have already requested a postponement of this return, even if it means readjusting the school vacation calendar. Martinique has recorded 405 hospital deaths due to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 162 between August 9 and 22. Only 22.51% of inhabitants aged 12 and over have completed their vaccination course.

  • Vaccines: more than 66% effective against the Delta variant

The effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines against Covid-19 infection has fallen from 91% to 66% since the Delta variant became dominant in the United States, according to data released Tuesday by US health authorities.

The authors of the study warn, however, that this decline may not be caused only by the Delta variant, but also by an efficiency eroding over time. The decrease in efficacy against the Delta variant has been pointed out by several studies, even if the precise figure differs from one to another. This is one of the reasons put forward last week by health authorities to announce a recall campaign from mid-September, which will affect all American adults who received their second dose eight months previously. In France, the High Authority for Health (HAS) also recommended on Tuesday a booster dose of the Covid vaccine to all people 65 years of age and over as well as to those at risk of serious forms.

  • 5 billion doses of vaccines administered

More than five billion doses of Covid vaccines have been administered worldwide, according to a count made by AFP on Tuesday from official sources. “High income” countries (as defined by the World Bank) administered an average of 111 doses per 100 inhabitants, “low income” countries only 2.4.

  • The report demanded by Biden on the origin of the Covid is inconclusive

The report requested by US President Joe Biden from his intelligence services on the origin of Covid-19 does not allow this sensitive issue to be resolved, a source of friction between Washington and Beijing, US media reported Tuesday evening.

The President of the United States called at the end of May American intelligence, so far unable to rule on the thesis of an animal origin or that of a leak at the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, to “redouble their efforts” to explain the problem. origin of the Covid-19 and to provide a report within 90 days.

Joe Biden received this top secret report on Tuesday but the document is inconclusive because despite their research and analysis, intelligence officials could not agree on a definitive explanation, according to le Washington Post which quotes two anonymous American officials, close to the file.

  • The cost of being slow to vaccinate

The slow deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign could lead to a loss of $ 2.3 trillion in global GDP over the next three years, a study published Wednesday calculated. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research center, author of the study, “countries which will have vaccinated less than 60% of their population by mid-2022 will record a total of GDP losses of $ 2.3 trillion. , over the period 2022-2025 “, ie a sum which roughly corresponds to the annual GDP of a country like France.

  • Mandatory mask reinstated in Oregon

The governor of the state of Oregon, faced with an explosion in contaminations from the Delta variant, announced Tuesday that she is reinstating the obligation to wear a mask in the open air when physical distancing is not possible , even for individuals vaccinated against Covid-19.

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  • English football clubs block their foreigners

English clubs decided on Tuesday not to let some of their foreign players play international matches in September in countries at high risk of Covid-19 contamination, to avoid them ten days of quarantine imposed on their return by the English government.


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