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SARS-CoV-2 infections can still cause severe forms in healthy people today

SARS-CoV-2 infections can still cause severe forms in healthy people today Given an increase in the circulation of the virus, the Ministry of Health has decided to advance the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 by two weeks, until October 2. Aimed primarily at the most vulnerable people, it was initially supposed to take place at the same time as the flu event, starting on October 17.

“We believe that the incidence has increased by around thirty percent since last week, this must be taken with great caution but the virus is circulating, each of us can see cases around us” justified the Minister of Health, Aurélien Rousseau. “This is not to sound the alarm, but since the epidemic is here, we highlight the vaccines that are effective for the most vulnerable people” Aurélien stressed, also insisting on the necessary continuation of barrier gestures, such as washing hands and wearing a mask.

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Although since the beginning of May, the World Health Organization (WHO) no longer considers COVID-19 a global health emergency, the virus continues to circulate in all countries and new strains continue to emerge.

The new variant of Covid-19, BA.2.86, closely monitored by the WHO, was first detected in France at the end of August. This member of the Omicron family is highly scrutinized due to “the greatest number of mutations” doing it “It is likely to evolve more significantly and spread more easily” according to the Health Risk Monitoring and Anticipation Committee (Covars).

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The European Commission authorized the Moderna vaccine on September 15, updated to attack a very common subvariant of COVID-19 as winter approaches, after having given the green light to the updated version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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