A group of scientists advising the French government on health warned on Friday that up to 95% of people could have to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
With cases on the rise, “a fourth wave related to the Delta variant could hit quickly, with repercussions for the healthcare system despite high levels of vaccination,” the Scientific Council said.
“We cannot control the epidemic unless between 90 and 95% of people are vaccinated or infected,” they added.
So far, only about half of the French have received a first dose and 40% of two shots, with the government aiming to get two-thirds (35 million) fully protected by the end of August.
“If people wait until the summer holidays to get vaccinated, it will be too late,” epidemiologist and member of the Scientific Council, Arnaud Fontanet, told RTL, recalling that the shots are ” very effective and free “.
With the number of cases increasing after a series of reopening steps, President Emmanuel Macron is expected to explain the next moves in pandemic management in a Monday evening televised speech.
On the agenda at a meeting of the French defense council the previous Monday, it is a question of making vaccination compulsory health workers, one of the key recommendations of scientists.
Ministers could agree on a bill as early as Tuesday before sending it to parliament.
The Scientific Council also called for a strengthening of the country’s monitoring and tracking program and highlighted the growing number of hospitalizations due to the Delta variant, first detected in India, England, Scotland, Ireland and Portugal. .
The strain already accounts for half of new infections in France and is believed to be around 60 percent more infectious.
“Without infection control measures, there could be a similar peak in hospitalizations as in the fall of 2020,” warned the Pasteur Institute research organization, which added that those over 60 without vaccinations were kept especially at risk.
Other scientific advice included reducing the number of people allowed to attend events, localized restrictions, and reducing the time between the first and second doses of mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna from six to three to four weeks. .
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