This Thursday, November 25, 2021, in a long-awaited speech, the Minister of Health announced new measures to restrict Covid-19 in France. Here’s what to keep in mind.
16:15 – What is molnupiravir, this antiviral drug mentioned by Olivier Véran?
During the press conference, Olivier Véran mentioned that molnupiravir, a drug that should be available from the beginning of December and an additional weapon in the fight against Covid-19. The Minister of Health and Solidarity has high hopes for this antiviral drug: “The situation will change. From the beginning of December, a new drug, an antiviral drug in tablets called molnupiravir, can be prescribed by GPs and will be available in pharmacies” , he announced, adding: “We have a lot of hope in this drug, France will be the first European country for the benefit of its citizens”.
This medicine will be distributed to “exposed people who show symptoms of Covid”. It should be prescribed within the first five days after the onset of symptoms or after a positive test result. Marketed in tablet form, this medicine will be swallowed. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has “issued recommendations” for the emergency use of this antiviral drug. And with good reason: according to Olivier Véran “it can reduce by half the cost of being admitted”. However, it is not recommended that pregnant women and women who do not use contraception and are at risk of becoming pregnant use it.
For more information on molnupiravir, please consult our dedicated page.
15:53 - Olivier Véran will be in TF1’s news broadcast at. 20 tonight
The Minister of Health and Solidarity will be a guest in the news at 20 on TF1 tonight, the possibility that he may return to his dinner announcements about the third dose for all adults, the health card or even wearing a mask.
13:56 – Véran’s speech is over, vaccination agreements explode
The Minister of Health’s announcements have been followed closely. Evidence of this is that vaccination reminder agreements are expanding very markedly: the Doctolib platform has indicated that 350,000 vaccination agreements have been registered in a matter of minutes, following the speech of the Minister of Health and the Minister of Health, the Minister of National Education.
13:33 – “This is not a vaccination passport”, Véran insisted
The Minister of Health answered a question from a journalist who before him thought that it was a matter of establishing a vaccination step. “No, we do not create a vaccination passport. There is always the possibility of being tested,” the minister insisted. The PCR test performed without medical advice is non-refundable and is only valid for 24 hours from now on.
13:20 – Olivier Véran gave an update on the arrival of a promising drug
“We have high hopes for this drug, molnupiravir,” said Olivier Véran. This treatment should be available from the beginning of December, reserved for people at risk. It will be given on prescription, performed by city doctors and available at all pharmacies. Everything you need to know about molnupiravir.
13:12 – The rules at the school are changed at the closing of the teaching, Blanquer announces
To handle the 5th wave we will adjust our protocol. […] 8,500 classes were closed yesterday, against 12,000 at the peak of the epidemic. […] The current protocol in the metropolitan area of France is level 2. In middle and high schools, students will continue their lessons ‘in presence’. There will no longer be an automatic class closure in the event of a new case, but the organization of tests for all children “The measure will take effect next week. The test is free for all minors and can be done by parents.
13:08 – Véran announces a hardening of PCR tests
To have a valid health pass without vaccination, you must now have a PCR or antigen test in less than 24 hours, from Monday 29 November. It could have previously been 72 hours.
13:03 – The mask is imposed in closed and public places
The Minister states that a decree will very quickly make the mask mandatory in all covered places open to the public, although their access is also conditional on a health passport. Few places are actually concerned as the mask is already mandatory in very many places. “Christmas markets or flea markets” may be affected by the mandatory mask at the discretion of the prefects.
13:00 – Véran provides a schedule for the 3rd dose and the health pass
“From 15 January, the health card for all French people between the ages of 18 and 65 who have not been boosted will no longer be active. They will have 2 months to take their third dose. You will have between 5 and 5 p.m. 7 months after your second injection to make your booster “
12:58 – Véran opens the door to vaccination for 5-11 year olds
The Minister of Health states that the children can be vaccinated following an opinion from medical experts, who must give an opinion this afternoon. It will intervene if it receives all control validations – which have not been confirmed at present – by the beginning of 2022.
12:51 – “The vaccine booster open to all adults”
Olivier Véran uses a moment in his speech to do a little teaching about vaccines: “They provide immunity, the booster allows reactivity immunity, which can be optimal again. […] Health authorities consider this reminder to be useful for all adults. The vaccine booster is open to all adults, “the minister confirmed.
12:42 – “No confinement or curfew” says Olivier Véran
“We have our destiny in our hands […] and we have decided not to pursue strong restrictive measures such as confinement or curfews, even though some neighboring countries have made this choice. We make the choice of the responsibility of the French “.
12:39 – Olivier Véran’s speech begins
The press conference begins, a little late. Follow the Minister of Health’s speech live at the top of this article. The most important messages are reflected in this news feed. As a reminder, an intervention by the Minister of Education is also planned.
12:35 – The Minister’s speech begins
Olivier Véran is a little late, but the talk should begin shortly. All journalists are in place, awaiting the ministers’ entry into the press conference room.
12:18 – Véran’s announcements have already been considered by Doctolib
The announcements from the Minister of Health are apparently known by many people, including the leaders of Doctolib! The platform, which allows the French to book time for anti-Covid vaccination, already offers places for the 3rd dose booster for those over 65, but also for people aged 18 or over “from 27 November”. Here is what is now very clear about the opening of the booster vaccination to all adults, unless there is a big mistake of Doctolib.