Lunchtime News Friday 7th January 2022

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Easing of health protocol in French schools - The French government has decided to ease the health protocol in schools making it more flexible due to the number of cases and the ability to carry out testing correctly. The screening process will now only restart if the second confirmed case has had contact with other students after 7 days of identifying the first case.

Vaccination - Meanwhile from today in France the agreement of both parents, and no longer one, will now be necessary to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 against covid. For children aged 12 to 15, the agreement of one parent continues to suffice and adolescents 16 years of age and older can be vaccinated without parental consent. Vaccination was opened to all 5–11-year-olds on the 22nd December. As of January 4th, some 67,000 children in this age group have received at least one injection. 

Sanofi - French drugmaker Sanofi will appeal a court decision allowing a class-action lawsuit over its epilepsy drug, which has been linked to birth defects. The ruling has opens the door for the country's first ever medical class-action lawsuit. A victims association launched legal action in September 2021 over Depakine, a drug that has been on the market since 1967.

Data privacy - France's data privacy watchdog has fined Google a record 150 million euros and Facebook 60 million euros for making it difficult for French internet users to opt out of online trackers, known as cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

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