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[En continu] Sharp increase in Covid patients in intensive care

[En continu] Sharp increase in Covid patients in intensive care

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■ More and more intensive care patients

In recent days, intensive care units in Switzerland have again recorded a very strong increase in seriously ill Covid-19 patients. These are increasingly young and the vast majority are not vaccinated.

The Swiss Society of Internal Medicine (SSMI) adds Thursday that nursing teams in intensive care units, which have been under severe stress for nearly a year and a half, are at risk of being exposed to increased stress again. The latter cannot rule out the aggravation of the shortage of workers in intensive care, which would exacerbate the situation in these units, she said.

SSMI reiterates in this context that vaccination is a critical measure in order to effectively manage an epidemic. He therefore encourages everyone who can use it as soon as possible, including young people. It also advocates for easier and wider access to vaccination and related information, which it says should be “as multilingual as possible.”


■ In the face of a delta variant, the Pfizer vaccine will lose efficacy more quickly than AstraZeneca

A British study revealed Thursday that the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine is more effective in fighting infections associated with the delta variant of the coronavirus than the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, but its efficacy is declining more rapidly. Researchers at Oxford University, who were involved in developing one of the devotees, between December 2020 and August 2021 examined samples taken from more than 700,000 participants.

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This analysis found that, in high viral infections, an individual who received his second dose of Pfizer a month before infection was 90% more protected from the delta variant than the unvaccinated person. This percentage drops to 85% after two months and then to 78% after three months.

People who received two injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine had 67% protection after one month, 65% after two months and 61% after three months. After four to five months, the level of protection provided by the two vaccines becomes similar according to the study, which has not been validated by peers.


■ Nearly 6 million Covid tests conducted last week in France

More than two-thirds (67.4%) of these examinations were performed by antigen testing, and the Directorate for Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (Drees) identifies in its press release.

Between August 9 and 15, “5706700 RT-PCR and antigen tests were validated […]Compared to 4,194,900 […] Last week, an increase of 1,511,700 tests for SARS-CoV-2,” the Statistical Service of Social Ministries details, which indicates an increase in antigen testing of more than 57%, with 4 million tests performed in one week.

The extension of the health permit on August 9 increased the frequency of checks by 40% compared to the previous Monday. The body also notes a second record, over the course of a day, with more than a million validated tests on Friday, August 13.


■ Currently, the World Health Organization does not consider a third dose necessary

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday condemned the rush in rich countries to obtain the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to her, the data does not show the need for recall now. “We clearly believe that the current data do not indicate that boosters are necessary,” WHO chief Somya Swaminathan said at a press conference in Geneva.

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She explained that we have to “wait for the science to tell us when boosters are needed, what groups of people and vaccines need boosters.” From a “moral and moral” point of view, it is not good in his eyes for rich countries to inject the third dose “while the rest of the world is waiting for the first injection”.


■ Demonstration in Latvia against anti-Covid restrictions

Police said more than 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Riga on Wednesday. They protested anti-Covid measures and the Latvian government’s plans to make vaccination mandatory for many professions.

“For freedom,” “Karens, go away!” The crowd chanted for the departure of Prime Minister Krisjanis Karenz. The protesters also called on Parliament to reject stricter restrictions against the Covid virus. The Latvian parliament is currently debating the possibility of employers firing employees who refuse to be vaccinated. Voting may take place this week.