[En continu] Charge the unvaccinated? Quebec opens the breach

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The government of Quebec mentions the creation of a “health contributionImposed on people who refuse to be vaccinated.

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The FOPH evoked on Tuesday a “increase never reached so far ”contaminations.

our follow-up to Tuesday.

■ Quebec mentions a “contribution” to the unvaccinated

This is undoubtedly a first. Tuesday, the premier of Quebec indicated that his government is working on a “health contribution” imposed on people who refuse to be vaccinated. “The idea is to tell all people who are not vaccinated, for non-medical reasons, that they will have to pay a contribution,” said François Legault, the head of the Quebec college.

In his eyes, the 10% of Quebecers who have not received any dose of vaccine to date should not “harm” the 90% who have been vaccinated:

These people place a significant financial burden on healthcare workers

he indicates, specifying that even if they represent 10% of the population, people who are not vaccinated “occupy 50% of intensive care beds”.

This announcement came when the Quebec authorities are struggling after the resignation of the person in charge, since the start of the pandemic, from the National Directorate of Public Health. The opposition quickly accused François Legault of wanting to create a diversion with this tax.

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■ Despite the Omicron tidal wave, officials see an end to the pandemic

More than half of Europeans could be affected by the Omicron variant within two months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), but this “tidal wave” which is also hitting the United States could, thanks to natural immunity and vaccination, transform the Covid-19 into an endemic disease with which the world can live, estimated American and European health officials on Tuesday.

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At the rate of 2.5 million additional daily cases over the past seven days, according to an AFP count, the pandemic continues its meteoric progression across the planet, two years after the announcement of the first official death from the coronavirus in China. Europe is the region with the most cases in the world today, more than 7.9 million in the last seven days (45% of the world total), followed by the United States-Canada zone (5.6 million, 32%).

“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts that more than 50% of the region’s population will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks,” warned the director of WHO Europe. , Hans Kluge.

■ After Omicron, the United States “on the threshold” of being able to “live with” the virus

Despite a record number of hospitalizations, the United States could be “on the threshold” of a transition period, after which it will become possible to “live with” the coronavirus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday. The expert pleads for a new strategy. “As Omicron goes up and down, I hope we’re going to have a situation with […] a combination of good basic immunity and the possibility of treating a person at risk, ”added the White House adviser on the health crisis.

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“When we get there, it will be this transition and we could be on the threshold today,” said the immunologist, during a presentation organized by the research institute Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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