“Sharp drop” in Pfizer deliveries planned in France, the executive will “adjust the pace of vaccinations”

A temporary reduction in deliveries will affect all of Europe, the time for the laboratory to improve its production capacities in Belgium.

The Pfizer vaccine victim of its success? Deliveries to EU states of planned quantities of Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines will experience delays in the next three to four weeks due to work at the Belgian factory where they are manufactured, said Friday the German Ministry of Health. “The European Commission and, through it, EU Member States have been informed that Pfizer will not be able to fully meet the promised delivery quantities ” explains a press release from the ministry.

Contacted by Le Figaro, the Pfizer laboratory explains “Be in the process of reviewing the planned allocations” vaccine in the various European countries, and has not yet quantified the impact that these delays could have on the vaccination campaign, especially in France. However, the laboratory announces that there will be “a small drop in deliveries in January», But an increase from the current 520,000 weekly “From the end of February”. At theAFP, a source within the executive indicated that France will have to “Adjust the rhythm of vaccinations” against the coronavirus due to this “slump” expected vaccine deliveries.

Specific regulatory authorizations

To justify these delivery delays, Pfizer explains that it wants “Deliver more doses of vaccine than initially planned, with a new target of 2 billion doses for 2021”. To achieve this, the laboratory must increase its industrial capacities. “This involves modifying our processes and our facilities, which will require specific regulatory authorizations” the lab continues.

After this announcement, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reassured during a press conference in Lisbon. “I immediately called the CEO of Pfizer (…) He assured me that all doses guaranteed for the 1st quarter (to EU countries) will be delivered in the 1st quarter”She declared. The boss of Pfizer “is personally involved in reducing this period of delays and ensuring that these delays are made up as quickly as possible. It was essential to send him the message that we urgently need these promised doses, and this in the 1st trimester.», She added.

Ursula von der Leyen has also endeavored to allay the concerns of six Member States which in a joint letter denounced delays “unacceptable“From Pfizer, accused of mining”the credibility of the vaccination process ”. “This is not the first time that a company has announced delivery delays for a short period (…) others have had to delay the submission of their vaccine to the European Medicines Agency”, She observed.

18% decrease in Norway

These statements by the German Ministry of Health come shortly after that of the Norwegian authorities. The Pfizera laboratory in fact warned of a drop “starting next week»Deliveries of anti-Covid vaccines to Norway and Europe, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) announced. The latter also did not specify the extent of the reduction in deliveries for Europe, but the drop for Norway is expected to be close to 18% next week.

«The temporary reduction will affect all European countries“The FHI said in a statement. “It is not yet clear how long exactly it will take before Pfizer returns to maximum production capacity, which will be increased from 1.3 to 2 billion doses.Per year, he added. According to Geir Bukholm, one of its senior officials, the FHI was notified of this decline on Friday morning. The FHI now says it expects to receive next week only 36,075 doses against 43,875 previously expected, a decrease of 17.8% for the Scandinavian kingdom.

Tap into stocks

To compensate for this decrease, Norway will draw on the precautionary stock of vaccines it had built up when it received the first doses. “We (…) now have the possibility to compensate for the reduction in deliveries thanks to the emergency stock that we have in NorwayGeir Bukholm said in the statement. “This stock at our disposal will compensate for a reduction in deliveries planned for a few weeks in the future, if the need arises.“, he added.

Although it is not a member of the European Union, the Nordic country is closely associated with it in many areas, including in the context of the purchase of anti-Covid vaccines negotiated by Brussels. Like many European countries, Oslo began the vaccination campaign with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on December 27 and injected rival Moderna’s first vaccine on Friday. As of Thursday, 42,003 people had been vaccinated against Covid in the country, or 0.78% of the population.


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Traders want to be able to open more easily on Sundays

After the announcement of the advanced curfew at 6 p.m., they are asking for a simplified procedure to compensate for the shortfall.

While the advanced curfew at 6 p.m. extends this Saturday to the entire territory, traders asked again on Friday that the procedure for opening on Sunday be shortened and simplified, at least for the start of the year. . The government automated this possibility in late November and December. But, since the 1is January, businesses must again go through the traditional route to waive the Sunday rest, by sending a request to the prefecture. This procedure requires an average of five weeks of consultation at the local level and mainly results in various responses.

This waiting period is untenable, according to traders, whose finances, already weakened by successive closures, will suffer from new time restrictions. Depending on the sectors and zones, the activity recorded during the 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. segment represents between 25% and 40% of daily turnover. “Opening on Sundays has the double advantage of limiting shortages to

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Sanofi is studying the possibility of manufacturing competitor’s vaccines

The two Covid-19 vaccines developed by the company will not be ready before the end of 2021.

Sanofi and the government are studying the possibility for the French pharmaceutical group to use its production chains to produce anti-Covid vaccines from BioNTech and Janssen laboratories, Minister Delegate for Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher said on Friday.

Sanofi is working on the development of two anti-Covid vaccines but will not be able to offer one before the end of 2021. Could it therefore, like French pharmaceutical subcontractors, make available by then its production lines to manufacture anti-Covid vaccines from other pharmaceutical groups? Agnès Pannier-Runacher indicated that she asked her: “We are watching with them, and they are watching with on one side BioNTech and on the other side Janssen If it’s possible“, Laboratories”with which there is the most chance to get there».

Without citing any laboratory name, Sanofi, questioned by AFP, indicated that “assesses in particular the technical feasibility of temporarily performing certain manufacturing steps to support other manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines“, Stressing that it was”at this stage “of” still very preliminary reflection».

According to Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the question is first of all “technique»: «Do they have tanks and teams, manufacturing capacities that are freeAnd are not busy, for example, producing the influenza vaccine? It is also about knowing “how quickly can they develop this manufacturing“, while “technology transfers“Should be done”in three to five months for filling the doses “plus” a few more months for the active principle part“, against “12 to 18 months normally».

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Producing a vaccine within this timeframe is an “extraordinary performance”

Faced with criticism leveled against Sanofi, accused of being behind its competitors, the minister wanted “breaking an urban legend»: «Sanofi was to deliver in July (…), they are three months late, like other vaccines today“, She argued, stressing that even with this delay, producing a vaccine within these deadlines is already”an extraordinary performance».

In France, the French pharmaceutical subcontractor Delpharm announced in November that it would produce part of the Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, in its Normandy factory. The factory of its counterpart Recipharm must for its part produce the Moderna vaccine from the end of February / beginning of March, had specified Ms. Pannier-Runacher on January 8.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Friday on franceinfo that these vaccines “products on French territory“Will enter”in the quota»Vaccines ordered by Europe and distributed to France according to its population. They will therefore not be added to his quota.

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The state opposes a takeover of Carrefour by the Canadian Couche-Tard

Bruno Le Maire is worried about the food security of the French and for employment.

Cold shower for Carrefour and its main shareholders. While the French distribution giant had just started talks to sell at a high price to the Canadian group Couche-Tard, the Minister of Economy on Wednesday evening vetoed such an operation.

“Carrefour is an essential link in the sovereignty and food security of the French, which is at stake in this operation, underlined Bruno Le Maire on France 5. The day you go to Carrefour and there is no more pasta, no more rice, no more essentials, what do you do? I am not a priori in favor of the idea of ​​Carrefour being bought by a foreign group. ”

Shortly before, the Minister of the Economy had expressed his reservations by calling Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, as well as the two main shareholders of the French distributor, Bernard Arnault and Philippe Houzé, representative of the Moulin family on the board. group administration.

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Can Carrefour be sold?

EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIBER LETTER – Barely revealed, the discussions for a buyout by the Canadian Couche-Tard were declared unacceptable by Bruno Le Maire.

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“Who?”. I admit, like many, I first had trouble taking the Bloomberg leak seriously – an agency which is generally serious in this matter – lending, on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, at Carrefour discussions with a view to a merger with the group… Couche-Tard. Who did you say?

The French distributor, which employs 321,400 people including a third in France, will probably not pass under the Canadian flag. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

Couche-Tard then. A Quebec success story, which Ludovic Hirtzmann wrote about. Created in 1980, the group, well known across the Atlantic for its “convenience stores” (small local stores) and sales in service stations, has become a multinational. We must take seriously this company whose name makes you smile: on the stock market, Couche-Tard weighs 30 billion euros. This is much more than Carrefour – 13 billion at the close of Tuesday evening, 14.3 billion twenty-four hours later after soaring 13.4%, and the margins of the Canadian are also much higher than those of the French. You really have to take it seriously when after

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Carrefour was approached by the Canadian Couche-Tard for a “rapprochement”

“The discussions are very preliminary,” said Carrefour, while specifying that Couche-Tard’s approach was “friendly”.

The French distribution giant Carrefour was approached by the Canadian food group Couche-Tard for a “rapprochementThe two companies said in separate press releases on Tuesday. “Discussions are very preliminary“, Declared Carrefour, while specifying that the approach of Couche-Tard was”friendly“. On the Paris Bourse, investors are already rejoicing: from the start of trading on Wednesday, Carrefour’s share has soared by more than 10%. By mid-afternoon, it still climbed to 17.83 euros.

«The terms of the transaction are still under discussion“, For his part said Couche-Tard, confirming that he would like to conclude a”friendly transaction“. This language suggests that Couche-Tard would not launch, for the moment, a takeover bid (takeover bid) on Carrefour if it ever encountered opposition from the French group. “There can be no certainty at this stage that these preliminary discussions will lead to an agreement.“, Warned Couche-Tard, present in North America, Europe and Latin America through convenience stores.

In the afternoon, Couche-Tard clarified having “recently submitted to Carrefour a non-binding letter of intent with a view to a friendly rapprochement”, On the basis of a price of 20 euros per share which would value the French distributor at more than 16 billion euros excluding debt.

Merge attempt

These announcements came after information from Bloomberg. According to the press agency, citing anonymous sources, the merger that Couche-Tard wants would take the form of a merger with Carrefour, which claims a network of 12,300 stores in more than thirty countries across worldwide and employs over 320,000 people. Such a transaction would be a thunderclap in the world of distribution, where Couche-Tard still plays a minor role, while Carrefour is one of the major players alongside the American hypermarket giant Walmart.

Created in Quebec in 1980 with only one store, Couche-Tard has nevertheless become in forty years a global giant of convenience stores – named “convenience stores»In the French-speaking province – convenience stores with very extended opening hours offering a limited selection of food products, newspapers and cigarettes. By their geographic location and by the type of products sold, the activities of Carrefour and Couche-tard overlap little: 70% of the Canadian’s turnover is generated by the sale of gasoline, and it is mainly present in the States. -United. “If these discussions were successful, the positive point is that there would not be a lot of duplicate activities that could lead to job cuts.”, Estimates Sylvain Macé, national CFDT delegate at Carrefour.

A network of more than 14,000 stores

The group established itself in the United States in the early 2000s by acquiring smaller competitors, then in Northern Europe in 2012 with the acquisition of the Norwegian group Statoil, for 2.8 billion US dollars. Couche-Tard has a network of more than 14,000 of these stores operated under various brands, including Circle K, mainly in North America, but also in Northern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Most of these stores are associated with gas stations selling fuel.

Couche-Tard, which has more than 130,000 employees worldwide, made a noticeable entry into the Asian market in November by acquiring the Hong Kong group Convenience Retail Asia for nearly $ 360 million. The price of a possible merger with Carrefour should amount to billions of dollars.

The French group achieved a turnover of 80.7 billion euros in 2019 and posted a market capitalization of 12.64 billion euros on the Paris Stock Exchange on Tuesday evening. For its part, Couche-Tard posted a profit of nearly 2.4 billion US dollars in its fiscal year postponed to 2019, on a turnover of 54 billion dollars. The group posted a capitalization of 30.3 billion euros on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday evening.

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more than a thousand fraudulent sites in 2020

These sites or entities offered “unauthorized loans, savings accounts, payment services or insurance contracts”.

Attention danger ! The confinements gave wings to crooks in 2020. The Prudential Control and Resolution Authority (ACPR) has identified 1081 sites or entities offering loans, savings accounts, payment services or insurance contracts “ without being authorized “. The trend even accelerated at the end of the year (361 sites in the last quarter). These figures are up from 2019.

To deceive individuals, who, due to the pandemic had more free time last year to manage their savings, more than 40% of these fraudulent sites impersonate known financial institutions. “ Whatever the way you are approached, always check that your contact is authorized to offer banking or insurance products by consulting the register of financial agents – Regafi “, Recommends the regulator of banks and insurance.

Online financial scams have been exploding in recent years and many savers have fallen short: they lost at least one billion euros between July 2017 and June 2019, estimates the Financial Markets Authority (AMF). To fight against this scourge which is difficult to grasp (the sites are disappearing quickly), the gendarme of the Stock Exchange announced on Wednesday the signing of a protocol with the national police in order to strengthen their cooperation. The two will be able in particular “ share their knowledge, in order to better identify the trends of new financial scams and carry out joint prevention and awareness actions among the general public ».

The scams in vogue concern investments in parking lots, wine, gold, herds of cows or containers. Investments in diamonds, cannabis, rare earths, crypto-assets, or international currencies (“ Forex ”) Are also often incriminated.

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Could a “vaccination passport” to access certain places and services be created in France?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – Could access to places of culture, restaurants and planes be reserved only for people vaccinated against Covid-19, as some are asking?

THE QUESTION. The debates on the “vaccine passport” are making a big comeback at the start of 2021. In the “next world”, will access to certain places and services be reserved only for people vaccinated against Covid -19?

Israeli parliamentarians are the first to vote a few days ago for the establishment of a “health passport“. This precious sesame will be granted for a period of three days after the result of a negative PCR test, and six months for a citizen who has been vaccinated. According to the Israeli press, this passport may be needed to attend cultural events or go to a restaurant. In France, such a “green passport»Granting certain rights to vaccinated people could it legally see the light of day?

CHECKS. Over the weeks, the possibility of a “vaccination passportIn France has become a very politically sensitive subject. On Christmas Eve, the bill “Management of health emergenciesHas made some fear the establishment of such a tool. Vaccination would then have become an obligation in practice, so as not to be marginalized,

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Why Gigi Hadid’s Mango Coat Is So Good

The young mother showed her talent for embracing the trends of the moment, with a large checked coat signed by the Spanish brand.

Gigi Hadid has remained very discreet since the birth of her child in September 2020, whose name she did not wish to reveal. However, the model in a relationship with singer Zayn Malik regularly takes walks with her baby, always accompanied by a fashion touch. The last dates back to January 10 in the streets of New York. That day, with her face hidden behind a pair of sunglasses and a black mask, the top chose to wear an oversized plaid coat, signed Mango.

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According to the Tagwalk site, which lists all the catwalks, the tile is in the top 10 trends for fall-winter 2020-2021. Like Kate Middleton who opted for a coat of the same style on October 6 at the University of Derby in England, Gigi Hadid succumbs to the pattern with a wool blend piece, XXL lines and a lapel collar. And finally at an affordable price: 69.99 euros. The opportunity to dress warmly without straining your budget.

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Renault lost 800,000 sales in 2020

The repercussions of the Covid have affected the French group more than its competitors.

2020, a black year for Renault. After posting a net loss of 7.3 billion euros in the first half, the manufacturer unveiled Tuesday business results, relating to the number of vehicles sold last year, below the performance of its competitors.

The Renault group (Renault, Dacia, Lada, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine) sold less than 3 million vehicles in 2020: 2.95 million precisely. The drop is 21.3% compared to 2019, while the global auto market fell by 14.2%. In all the regions where it is present, the French manufacturer suffered a drop in sales last year that was greater than that of the market – except in Russia where Renault is the leader thanks to Lada.

By comparison, the German BMW, which also published its 2020 sales on Tuesday, posted a decline of 8.34% to 2.32 million units sold, including 192,646 BMW and Mini electrified.

The health crisis has obviously plunged the group’s sales, especially in the first half of the year (- 34.9%). “The second half shows better resilience and good performance in the electric and hybrid markets. We are starting the year 2021 with a higher level of orders than in 2019, a declining stock level and an increasing price positioning across the entire range ”, emphasizes Denis le Vot, Renault group sales director. .

C02 objectives achieved

The good performance in Europe of the ZOE and the Kangoo ZE on the electric vehicle market is undeniable: 115,888 units have been sold, which represents an increase of 101.4% compared to 2019. Renault also benefited from the launch this were hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of Clio, Captur and Mégane: 30,000 were sold in Europe. This movement to electrify the range will continue in 2021 with the deployment of the electric Twingo and the arrival of the Dacia electric Spring.

The other good news concerns the reduction targets for CO emissions.2 sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe set by the European Commission. Thanks to the rebound in sales of electrics and plug-in hybrids, the Renault group fell below the 100 g of CO barrier2 per km and per vehicle, which will avoid paying fines.

Renault also relies on hydrogen to electrify its utilities. The group announced Tuesday the creation of a joint venture with the American Plug Power, a pioneer of the fuel cell. A project similar to that of Michelin and Faurecia with Symbio. Together Renault and Plug Power will convert the Renault Master to hydrogen at the end of 2021, then the Renault Trafic.

Pending the financial results for 2020 published in February, all eyes are on Luca de Meo, the group’s CEO, who will detail his strategic plan called RenauLuTion on Thursday morning.

The return of the R5

The leader had drawn the broad outlines last September. A group refocused around four brands: Renault, Dacia, Alpine and Mobilize in mobility services. Savings, already announced, of 2 billion euros over three years and probably increased. And some surprises, with the almost certain comeback of the R5. In 2007, Luca de Meo took part at Fiat in the relaunch of the Fiat 500, a success. He could repeat the exercise with the Renault 5 – the five is definitely a lucky number – of which an electric version would be created.

The leader will come back on his roadmap to make the group a world champion in seven to eight years, as he had promised employees in the fall.

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