France and the United Kingdom expand vaccination on new population groups

France expands vaccination for new groups

France is expanding the groups that can receive the Covid-19 vaccine, hoping to have a million people vaccinated by the end of the month.

Now those over 75 can start getting the vaccine as is anyone who is in a high-risk group, such as those with serious health conditions.

This increase in speed comes after criticism for the slow start of the vaccination campaign by the government. Only a quarter of a million people have received their first dose. 6.4 million people could now get vaccinated.

France registered 16,642 cases of coronavirus this Sunday and 141 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positives since the beginning of the epidemic to 2.91 million and 70,283 that of deaths.

The positivity rate of the tests carried out has risen one tenth in one day, to 6.6%, as indicated by the Public Health Agency in its daily balance on the situation.

Italy already injects the second doses to health personnel

Neighboring Italy has already vaccinated one million people and is now starting to administer second doses of the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine.

Doctors and nurses have been a priority for the Italian government.

Valeria Converti, is a doctor and has just received the second dose of the vaccine:

“With the first dose I had no side effects and with the second dose I didn’t feel anything at all, not even the pinch. So, all good. I have had to wait 15, 20 minutes to control the reactions and now I will go home. . Every thing is OK”.

Italy registered 12,415 new cases of coronavirus and 377 deaths in the last 24 hours, while the cuts in vaccine deliveries for this week announced by the Pfizer company are worrying.

In total, 2,381,277 people have been infected in Italy since the first cases were detected in mid-February 2020 and since then 82,177 deaths have been registered due to the virus.

Faced with a situation that Rome continues to consider very worrying, the Italian Government approved a new decree that came into force today and until March 5, in which the restrictions have been increased.

Almost all of Italy is in the orange or red zone, the ones with the greatest restrictions.

Spain deploys the Modern vaccine

In Spain, Leocàdia Peña, 85, a resident of a nursing home, has just received her second injection.

The Spanish Government, which is also rolling out the Moderna vaccine, promises to have 70% of the 47 million inhabitants of Spain vaccinated by the summer.

Norway limits injection to some terminally ill

But concern about the side effects of Covid vaccines has contributed to many being reluctant to accept the prick.

The Norwegian authorities have adjusted their recommendation on who receives the COVID-19 vaccine in light of a small number of deaths in terminally ill elderly people.

Steinar Madsen, Medical Director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, notes: “We are not worried about it. There is no reason to fear the vaccine. We just want to be a little more specific with a small group of very sick patients. Otherwise, we see no problem in continuing the vaccination. “

New groups get vaccinated in the UK

And the UK is expanding its vaccination program to the third and fourth priority groups after the number of people who received the first dose rose to 3.8 million.

10 new mass vaccination centers have been opened throughout the country. More than 1,000 medical consultations and 250 hospitals have also joined the program, while around 200 English pharmacies will also be operational by the end of the month.

As the program expands – a grim statistic – a person is admitted to a hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds.The possibility of importing new variants of the virus has also led the Executive to evaluate plans to tighten the conditions for entry into the country , including forcing the isolation to be carried out in a hotel designated by the authorities, as revealed by the newspaper “The Times”.

The option of implementing a surveillance system similar to that of Poland is also being considered, in which people in quarantine are contacted once a day to send a photograph of themselves in the place where they have decided to isolate themselves.

Facial recognition software and the GPS coordinates in which the image was taken allow authorities to control that the quarantine conditions are being met.