France is facing the 7th wave of Covid-19, linked to the BA.5 variant. Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the Scientific Council and immunologist, answered questions from Jérôme Cadet. The opportunity to come back to this new wave of contamination and vaccination.
A “tired care system”
Jean-François Delfraissy wants to be reassuring about the 160,000 Covid-19 contaminations in 24 hoursaccording to figures from Public Health France: “On a case with a much more transferable variant (BA5)” In the Paris region, sensitive data “a form of slowdown”. After two years of pandemic, will the healthcare system withstand the shock? “There will be tension, but normally the care system will hold up against this wave of BA.5” assures the president of the Scientific Council. “We are currently at approximately 1,200 classic hospitalizations per day” adds the teacher. Far from 2,800 in January, at the time of the BA.1 variant.
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Regarding a return retained by some of the wearing of the compulsory mask, Jean-François Delfraissy is not necessarily for, at present: “The measures have a relatively moderate impact in terms of population, the wave is gone now, the impact on the healthcare system will be moderate.” After more than two years of living with Covid-19, “the discourse has changed on the global management of the pandemic” ensures Jean-François Delfraissy, with European countries “who have chosen this strategy to live with the virus and the variants”.
Regarding the 4th dose of vaccine, strongly recommended for the elderly and frail, the President of the Scientific Council “advice to the oldest and most fragile people to have their 4th vaccination now”. Finally, the Scientific Council, run by Jean-François Delfraissy for more than two years, disappears at the end of the month: “It is expected that there will be a new structure that replaces him, and as I indicated, I want to stop the presidency at the end of July.”