He wants to be reassuring! If many experts fear a paralysis of the country in January, Olivier Véran is now optimistic. While we reach more than 230,000 cases of contamination per day in France, the Minister of Health confided in the columns of the Journal du Dimanche: “The Omicron variant confirms what we thought of it: it is very, very contagious. I had said that we could reach 250,000 cases per day at the start of 2022; we are there. When we know that we will cross the threshold of 10 million French people diagnosed positive since the start of the pandemic, we understand the extreme contagiousness of ‘Omicron. ” Assuring that the latter is less dangerous, Olivier Véran unveiled: “The English data published on Saturday confirms it: there are three times less severe forms of the disease with Omicron than with Delta.”

If many French people question the effectiveness of the vaccine, the Minister of Health assured that it remained protective. “You can catch Covid-19 after receiving three doses of the vaccine, but your risk of being hospitalized is at least divided by ten compared to an unvaccinated person or someone who is only partially vaccinated,” said he wanted to remind. Assuring that the country had the necessary doses of vaccine, he added: “We will receive in January 13 million doses of Pfizer and 25 million booster doses of Moderna. Along with vaccination centers, pharmacists, doctors of city ​​and midwives, we will further increase our efforts with the reinforcement of firefighters, soldiers, civil security associations, rescuers … All those who mobilize tirelessly to protect the French. “

Olivier Véran: “This fifth wave will perhaps be the last”

Confident about the future, the Minister of Health confided during this interview: “This fifth wave will perhaps be the last. Omicron is so contagious that it will affect all populations of the world. It will cause a Reinforced immunity: we will all be more armed after his visit. But to put the best possible chances on our side, we must continue to immunize the planet as a matter of urgency, especially in countries where access to doses is more complicated. This is where the most dangerous variants can emerge: populations there are more often immunosuppressed, particularly due to the AIDS epidemic. France is the third largest contributor to the sending of vaccines to the poorest countries. “

Olivier Véran © Eric Tschaen

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