Evening Update Tuesday 26 January 2021

Several mayors in the Alpes-Maritimes have issued a joint open letter saying that they note the fall in the number of doses for vaccination centers and ask the State for more visibility on the issue. In the letter the mayors say that recent figures show that "the Alpes-Maritimes department is in the most worrying health situation in France". Despite reassurances earlier this month from Health Minister Olivier Veran, the mayors say they are faced with deliveries of doses whose volume and frequency are uncertain and insufficient. They are asking Olivier Veran "for significant mobilization so that priority people over 75 can be vaccinated as quickly as possible". Signatories to the letter include the mayors of Nice, Cannes, Menton and Grasse.

Olivier Veran held a press conference this afternoon on the timing of administration of the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. He said that "in the absence of scientific consensus at this stage", the period of 21 to 28 days between two injections of the Pfizer vaccine is being maintained, as in "almost all European countries". He said that he was "choosing safety", despite some calls for the doses to be spaced further apart to allow more people to receive a first injection more quickly.

The hospital in Antibes has released its latest weekly coronavirus update. In the period from January 18 to 24, there were 37 hospitalized patients including 8 in intensive care. There were 4 deaths of patients aged from 79 to 93 years old. The Antibes town hall also published the results of tests carried out at the Fort Carré testing centre during last week. Out of 2,055 tests performed on symptomatic subjects and priority contacts, 8.71% were positive.

Monaco's new coronavirus vaccination center at the Grimaldi Forum has been inaugurated in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, the Prince's Government and the President of the National Council.  The new centre, in the Espace Ravel of the Grimaldi Forum, benefits from a larger reception capacity, where its medical teams will be able to perform up to 600 vaccinations per day. The Espace Léo Ferré, which has so far hosted the vaccination centre, will now only be used for testing for Covid-19.

The mayor of Menton, Jean-Claude Guibal, has inaugurated an event designed to help local restaurant opearators. Fifteen temporary chalets have been constructed on the Esplanade Francis-Palmero which will welcome several restaurateurs through until 28 February selling food for take away and home delivery. The "Eating on the Go" event is also a solidarity project with 10% of the profits being donated to restaurateurs in the Roya valley.

In other news, members of several French teaching unions have been taking industrial action today. Teachers a