Many countries, including France, are facing a fifth wave of the epidemic. Prime Minister Jean Castex tested positive on Monday. Follow all the news related to Covid-19 in France and around the world.

14h58

Switzerland has agreed to swap its place in Moderna’s anti-Covid vaccine queue, allowing the international Covax redistribution system to have access by the end of the year to one million doses, a reported Wednesday the Vaccine Alliance.

14h26

President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for the Russians to be vaccinated against Covid-19, while insisting on a vaccination which must remain voluntary, despite the surge in deaths for weeks.

“I recommend everyone not only to get vaccinated on time, but also to get revaccinated,” Putin said at a government meeting by videoconference.

13h47

Booster doses for anti-Covid vaccines must be “available” for adults, giving priority to those over 40 and vulnerable people, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

“We need to increase vaccinations to control the pandemic,” she added in a tweet, reacting to the EU’s disease agency’s call to “urgently” take action against the rebound in contaminations.

13h27

Olivier Véran will present tomorrow, Thursday, new measures, including “acceleration” of the vaccination schedule, at a press conference, indicates Gabriel Attal.

13h25

Faced with the deterioration of the health situation, the government has taken “clear directions”, explains the spokesperson, referring to the strengthening of barrier gestures and the health pass.

13h20

Gabriel Attal takes stock at the end of the Health Defense Council and the Council of Ministers. The situation continues to deteriorate “very clearly” and “the incidence rate should exceed 200 by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” he announces.

12h58

The European Union agency in charge of diseases called on member states to take “urgent” measures in the face of the epidemic rebound underway in Europe and the risk of a “very high” health burden in December and January.

In a message from its director Andrea Ammon, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also recommends a so-called “booster” vaccine dose for all over 18s, with priority for those over 40.

The European agency also calls for raising the general level of vaccination in the EU, especially in the most backward countries.

11h21

New Zealand announced Wednesday that its borders will remain closed to foreign travelers until the end of April, when the archipelago gradually eases measures for international arrivals, so far among the strictest in the world.

The Minister in charge of the fight against Covid-19, Chris Hipkins, indicated that New Zealanders stranded in Australia could return from mid-January, those from the rest of the world having to wait until February.

For their part, foreigners will be able to visit the archipelago from the end of April, according to the gradual reopening plan unveiled on Wednesday.

6h14

The executive looks at the Defense Council on Wednesday to strengthen the health response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic which returns to punctuate the end of the Macron five-year term. Logically, the government should endorse the recommendation issued on Friday by the High Authority for Health (HAS) to inject the booster dose (most often a third dose) from the age of 40, six months after the complete vaccination. It could also decide to make the mask compulsory again in certain places, including theaters. A curfew or even a re-containment is not under consideration, according to a government source.

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