Waves break out and are all different. As the launches of vaccine campaigns gave hope faced with the coronavirus epidemic, variants have been found in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, making things change. But what do we know about these new strains? Here is the latest news on the matter.
Variants in France
New health protocol in schools: closing depending on variant, masks and distancing
As coronavirus keeps on spreading throughout France and the threat of new variants puts more and more pressure on the government that wishes to prevent a new lockdown at all costs, the health protocol in school poses a challenge. Since Friday February 12, closing classes now depends on Covid variant. This modification makes the rules implemented even more bewildering, as they also include types of masks allowed and distancing in canteens. Here are the latest measures.
Covid: protocol against coronavirus variants
UK and South-African coronavirus variants have the health authorities worried, and for good reason, they are said to be more contagious than the original coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan. This February 7, the Health director general released an “emergency” memo to change the health protocol as part of the fight against variants: longer self-isolation period, mandatory end of contamination test, quicker school closure. Here is the protocol.
Coronavirus: the UK variant found in almost 60% of cases
In France, the UK coronavirus variant keeps on spreading in France and even dominates the historic strain. It is now found in almost 60% of coronavirus cases in the country and dominates in 57 mainland departments.
South-African Covid variant: first case of severe reinfection in France
This Friday February 12, the AP-HP has reported a first case of Covid reinfection – by South-African variant – has been found in France. A 58-year-old male contracted the virus in September 2020 and has been contaminated again in January. The man developed severe disease when contaminated for the second time.
Covid: California variant found in France
Covid variants keep on surging… After the UK, South African, and Brazilian variant, a new strain from California has been found in France, in Bas-Rhin. A mutation found in the country thanks to a series of sequencing.
Vaccines and variants
Covid: Moderna to modify vaccine to improve its efficacy against variants
This Monday January 25, Moderna Therapeutics laboratory announced they were working on a new version of their vaccine, to make it more effective against variants, especially the South-African strain. That very same day, the group explained their product was effective against the two most spread variants in the world.
Covid: Pfizer vaccine effective against all mutations of the virus
Pfizer covid vaccine is effective against UK, South-African and Brazilian variants... This is what says a new study conducted in vitro and released this late January in Nature Medicine. A few days earlier, on January 19, another study yet epxlained the contrary when it came to the South-African variant. Here is more on the matter.
Covid: South African variant may resist vaccine, a study reads
After the United-Kingdom, it is South Africa that has scientists worried. They say a new variant of coronavirus found in the country is likely “more transmissible” than the previous strains already known, and may resist vaccines currently inoculated around the world, a study reads.
Covid: a new variant found in the United-Kingdom has scientists worried
And what if a new Covid variant was making trouble in vaccination campaigns around the world…? In a report from the University of Edinburgh – released this Wednesday February 17 – scientists have said this new strain of the virus – similar to the already known UK variant – has been found in December in many countries, France included.
Covid: UK variant now dominates in Paris and Île-de-France
Covid-19 UK variant is now set in Paris and Île-de-France. According to Santé Publique France's latest report, it is found in 68.4% of PCR+ cases in the area.
Covid: 50,000 daily cases by mid-March in France? Projections from Lille University Hospital
The UK Covid variant keeps on spreading across France. According to Scientific Committee member Pr. Fontanet, "if we go on this way" then the UK variant "will become dominant from circa March 1" in the country. Furthermore, hospitals are urged to move to "crisis organization". Lille University Hospital experts project likely boom in new cases by mid-March for the coming weeks. By March 20, there could be up to 50,000 new PCR+ cases per day.
Covid: “Worried” about variants, WHO urges Europe to accelerate vaccination
Faced with the threat of variants quickly spreading, WHO’s Europe Director Hans Kluge urges Europe to “join forces” and accelerate vaccination.