Friday, February 26, 2021

Alain Fischer: “This summer, we will have vaccinated all vulnerable people”


VACCINATION – The chairman of the Vaccine Strategy Orientation Council confirms on LCI that the “17 to 20 million” vulnerable French people will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by June.

Two months after its debut, the French vaccination campaign against Covid-19 still raises questions. Several elected officials are calling for more massive deliveries of doses in their territory, while many French people are struggling to make an appointment for their first injection.

“Things gradually fell into place”, answers on LCI Professor Alain Fischer, president of the Council of orientation of the vaccine strategy. “Until Saturday, there were 3.7 million doses administered, which is both not bad and insufficient. The vaccination program is growing, has targeted the most vulnerable people as a priority, and it is a very good thing in a context of relative scarcity. “

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However, the immunologist welcomes the progress of vaccination in the elderly. “The majority of people in retirement homes (75%) have been vaccinated, which is a good thing”, he indicates, highlighting “the right acceptance rate”, since “80% of nursing home residents” wished to be administered the vaccine. From now on, “in a not too distant period, we can hope to see the first effects in terms of reduction of hospitalizations and mortality, even if other parameters are involved, in particular the famous variants”.

According to the latest data available, 3.8% of French people have received at least one dose of vaccine (i.e. 4.8% of the adult population), a figure that is still very insufficient to hope to return to a more normal life. “The main problem is to make sure that the deliveries arrive on time”, explains Alain Fischer, who promises an acceleration in the coming weeks. “The potential schedule of deliveries grows sharply in March and even more so in April, better than in February”, he says. “We also hope to benefit from the doses of the Janssen vaccine”, whose case should be decided in March by the European Medicines Agency, “from the month of April.”

“There is potentially enough to vaccinate the entire adult population during the summer”

The acceleration of the schedule must therefore make it possible to rapidly vaccinate the entire vulnerable population. “This summer, we will have finished vaccinating all vulnerable people”, is “17 to 20 million French people by the month of June”, announces the President of the Steering Committee Then comes the turn of “rest of the population, a significant portion of which will need to be vaccinated to protect themselves individually and protect us collectively”.

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But on this point, Professor Fischer seems more skeptical. “The oldest and most fragile people are aware of the risk for them and want this vaccination”, he confirms. On the other hand, “I’m not completely sure that all people in their 20s, 30s or 40s are ready to be vaccinated. There is a convincing effort to be made. Unfortunately, I think there is a strong enough base of reluctance. in our country. Yet each person vaccinated ensures that our health system is preserved “.

Despite these fears, Alain Fischer believes that the promise of the President of the Republic to vaccinate the entire adult population who so wishes by the end of the summer “is a good goal”. “If there are no unpleasant surprises in the deliveries, there is potentially enough to vaccinate the entire adult population during the summer”, he assures. “If we get there, then we should strive for a return to a social, economic, artistic, human, normal life.”

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