In the columns of Le Parisien, Brigitte Autran, president of the Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks, which replaced the Scientific Council, affirms that “the Covid epidemic is not behind us”.
The start of the school year promises to be difficult. If the figures for Covid-19 have been very low in recent days, the virus should circulate more strongly in the population warns in an interview with our colleagues from the Parisian Professor of Immunology Brigitte Autran. This Wednesday, she became, by an appointment to the Official newspaperthe president of the brand new Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks, which replaces the Scientific Council.
“Almost certain there will be a wave in the fall”
“The most likely scenario is that of an epidemic peak at the start of the school year. Will it be due to a new variant or the return of cold weather? We are not guessing, but it is almost certain that there will be a wave in the fall,” she said in the regional daily.
“Today, we have to go to live with it,” she says, using an expression used by Emmanuel Macron and several ministers from the start of the crisis, in the spring of 2020.
“The Covid epidemic is not behind us”
“That does not mean accepting the dead or the seriousness of the disease. On the contrary”, warns Brigitte Autran, who believes that there are still “levers to activate” to fight against the virus. Thus, the head of the Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks believes that there are “unfortunately still too many people who are not vaccinated or not revaccinated.”
According to the latest aggregate data on Covid-Tracker, at least 79.6% of French people have received all the required doses. But at the current rate, “we would have vaccinated with at least one dose the entire eligible population (over 12 years old) on October 11, 2039.”
“The Covid epidemic is not behind us”, summarizes Brigitte Autran. “Effective treatments to avoid serious forms such as Paxlovid are too little known, too little offered to fragile patients”, she regrets.
Its Committee will “advise the government, to widen access to medicines and vaccines”, announces Brigitte Autran in The Parisian.
Source: BFM TV