The vaccination campaign of the French against Covid-19 “must probably accelerate”, but maintaining the same strategy, estimated Monday an official of the High Authority of Health (HAS), who rejected the term “disaster” .
“The strategy remains: priority on the most vulnerable people, and health professionals, by expanding when we can, if we have the necessary number of doses”, declared on France Inter Elisabeth Bouvet, president of the Technical Committee on vaccinations of the HAS, which drew up France’s vaccination strategy.
“For us the strategy remains the same. The implementation of the strategy must probably accelerate,” she added.
Ms. Bouvet thus ruled out the idea of administering the vaccine to volunteers as a priority: “Given the number of doses which, I remind you, is currently limited, we cannot distribute it like that to people who want it, while they have no risks “.
Asked about the pace of this vaccination, she replied that it was not the choice of this institution which advises the government. “It was never requested that there be this slowness,” said the infectious disease specialist.
But according to her, the criticisms are too virulent.
“I believe that we must be extremely positive and recall the optimistic elements of this vaccination and stop flogging, in the same way that today we must stop saying that it is a disaster,” he said. she pointed out. “We must not exaggerate: we started to vaccinate a week ago, we still cannot speak of a disaster.”
On France Inter also, the geneticist and president of the League against cancer Axel Kahn was once again very critical of the government.
The fact that the clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNetch vaccine are very encouraging “is really a huge hope, and it is really something very exciting. And so the tone. [du gouvernement], it is a psychological error (…) It is a gigantic psychological error, and that, I believe that the minister [de la Santé Olivier Véran] heard it, “he said.