May 22, 2022

the overseas territories will receive the Novavax vaccine as a priority, announces the Elysée

This is intended as a response to the resistance to vaccination that is expressed in Guadeloupe or Martinique. Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday January 27 that the overseas territories would be given priority in the allocation of the Novavax vaccine. Unlike those from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, this product is not based on messenger RNA technology. It contains a component of the virus (and not the whole virus like the most classic vaccines), introduced into the body to trigger an immune response.

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The Head of State wished to meet, in the afternoon, by videoconference, with elected officials from overseas departments and communities, currently in a state of health emergency, in the presence of overseas ministers. sea, Sébastien Lecornu, and health Olivier Véran.

Seven overseas departments and communities are in a state of health emergency due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic due to the Omicron variant: Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Mayotte, Saint- Martin and Saint-Barthélemy.

“The president wanted to assure elected officials that the overseas territories will be prioritized for deliveries of Novavax, which is a vaccine without messenger RNA and which can provide answers in departments where vaccination has been able to progress more slowly than elsewhere”, assured the Elysée.

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The department has been shaken for several months by sometimes violent demonstrations against the obligation for caregivers to be vaccinated and against the health pass. “The president was able to clarify things about the vaccine pass”, announced the Elysee:

“If Reunion and Mayotte entered the vaccination pass scheme from January 24 (), in the West Indies and Guyana, consultation takes place. It is our pragmatic approach of differentiation of adaptation which is put in œwork and the prefects in the coming days, following the consultations that are carried out, will indicate the schedule in which the vaccination pass will be applied in these departments and communities. »

Max Mathiasin, MP for Guadeloupe, said after the meeting that a “deadline for application with a six-month deferral” had been requested. “We had asked the President of the Republic several times to meet him on the situation in Guadeloupe. However, we have received a summons with other territories”, for his part pointed out the president of the region Ary Chalus, considering “that there was a lack of respect and consideration for the overseas territories and in particular for Guadeloupe”.

Reinforcements of health personnel

Faced with the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, national reinforcements are already present in the overseas departments and communities, with 90 health personnel in Martinique, eight in Reunion, six in Saint-Martin and 50 in Mayotte. The president also “guaranteed to elected officials that the evolution of the situation could lead to new reinforcements”, according to the same source. The Elysée adds that “medical evacuations are maintained there too and an “evasan” (sanitary evacuation) is being prepared from Martinique to hospitals in La Nouvelle-Aquitaine”.

Furthermore, “A mission from the army health service is deploying this evening in Reunion to see how it will be effective to come and strengthen hospital services”.

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To cope with the tension generated in the hospital by the health crisis, “we asked for the reinforcement of a dozen personnel from the health reserve, we did not get an answer”, commented at the end of the meeting Huguette Bello, president various left of the regional council and support of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Even if “We weren’t expecting big announcements, I’m extremely disappointed”, she added.

Reunion’s hospital services are under great strain when this island is swept by the Omicron wave, with the highest incidence rate in France.

  • France deplores 130,000 deaths from Covid-19. Since the start of the pandemic in France, 130,015 infected people have died in hospital, retirement homes or other medico-social establishments, according to figures from Public Health France (SpF) published Thursday, January 27. The coronavirus is still circulating widely, with 392,168 new contaminations. Over the past seven days, the daily average is more than 360,000 cases.

The World with AFP