French and Riviera News Tuesday 25th May 2021

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Monaco opens vaccination to 35-44-year olds - Monaco has announced the opening of vaccination against covid to 35-44-year olds this week. From today Tuesday 25th May, a letter will be sent by the government to Monegasques and residents of the Principality, urging them to contact the vaccination center to make an appointment. Depending on availability, the first vaccines could be administered as early as the weekend at the vaccination centre at the Grimaldi Forum.

In mid-April, when vaccination had been opened to 45-55-year olds, more than 700 reservations were made in the following hours. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been administered in the Principality since the start of the health crisis. For more information you can contact the covid call centre on 92.05.55.00 or visit vaccination-covid19.gouv.mc/

Meanwhile no new cases of covid were reported in the Principality on Monday May 24th. The total number of residents affected since the beginning of the health crisis stands at 2,501. Two non-residents are in hospital and 7 people are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Launch of academy to train public health managers to fight future pandemics - French president Emmanuel Macron has announced the launch of a Lyon-based academy to train groups of public health managers and administrators to fight future pandemics. The French Head of State outlined the 120-million-euro plan during the opening of the 74th world health assembly in Geneva. He said the Global Health Academy would start its courses online from this summer and open in 2023.

In other news

Company in Avignon comes up with revolutionary idea for batteries from electric vehicles - As the boom in electric vehicles continues, a company in Avignon has come up with a revolutionary idea as to what to do with batteries for hybrid engines which have reached the end of their life. In Europe, electric vehicle sales represent 10.5% of total sales compared to 3% in 2019 and Be Energy based in Avignon has come up with a system to regenerate batteries. Founder and director of the company Bertrand Coste says, “Our system makes it possible to triple the lifespans of lead batteries, a solution which would considerably reduce hazardous industrial waste".

A regenerated battery eliminates the need to buy a new battery and several countries have already congratulated the company and its founder for their technological ad