While the summer calls for a certain relaxation, travel and parties, the coronavirus seems to be making a comeback all over the world. New health restriction measures are taken, while a vaccine is not yet close to being found.
An increase in contamination cases
The coronavirus, which killed nearly 650,000 people, as recalled Science and the Future, seems to start again. So, for example, Tuesday, 1,592 additional deaths were attributed to Covid-19 in the United States, a figure not seen since mid-May. Faced with this threat, governments are taking more or less drastic measures to counter the virus.
Thus, in Belgium for example, measures have been taken at the local level, particularly in Antwerp, where a curfew has been established. Across the country, teleworking is ” strongly recommended “, private gatherings limited to 10 people, and residents must do their shopping on their own and they must not last more than 30 minutes. The kingdom has even advised its inhabitants against certain French regions. Among them, Île-de-France and Pays de la Loire are classified in the orange zone by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Experiments around a vaccine
The UK and Spain both impose quatorzes on their nationals traveling to the other country. Spain complained about the move, claiming to be “A safe country”. In Saudi Arabia, the hajj, or traditional pilgrimage to Mecca, will be extremely reduced. Indeed, only 10,000 people will be allowed to go there, against 2.5 million last year. Other countries have decided to re-limit locally, such as Algeria, Papua New Guinea, Venezuela …
In France, Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, affirms that this is not a second wave, but “ we must not let go ” efforts to avoid it. According to him, “We are in the pursuit of an epidemic with more or less low noise depending on the countries and cities concerned”. While new clusters are emerging in France, especially in Brittany, the local authorities decide to take measures to try to contain the disease. Thus, in Quiberon, in Morbihan, beaches are prohibited in the evening and at night. The Minister of Health calls on the French, in particular the youngest, to be more careful. ” It’s when you feel invulnerable that you take the most risks », He explains. “We need a vaccine”, he added.
An experimental vaccine will also be set up from Monday, by the American biotechnology company Moderna. According to Marie-Paul Kieny, virologist, vaccinologist and research director at INSERM, on RTL, “There will be several vaccines”. According to her, “The most advanced is a company called AstraZeneca. She is developing a vaccine, the first phases of development of which were carried out by the University of Oxford. “ “Presumably there will be multiple vaccines, and some may have different efficacy in older people.”, details the vaccinologist. Some will act more or less quickly. Some will be more reactogenic, that is to say vaccines that cause a little fever. As the results of these vaccines become available, we will have to find which vaccine is most suitable for each population ”, she continues. The problem is the resistance of the French to vaccines. “The French are generally vaccinosceptics”, she explains. “Childhood immunizations had fallen so low that the government was forced to make all 11 childhood vaccines mandatory. This shows that there is a problem. We will have to explain how these vaccines are made. “