Lunchtime News Monday 20th December 2021

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European regulator to rule on Novavax vaccine - The European regulator is to rule today Monday 20th December on the authorization of the Novavax Covid vaccine, which uses a more conventional technology than those used for vaccines already authorized and could according to the American firm, reduce scepticism among the unvaccinated.

The serum, which could become the fifth anti-Covid vaccine authorized in the European Union, is, already widely used in childhood vaccines. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is holding an extraordinary meeting today to consider Novavax's application for authorisation.

Meanwhile at 2 pm the High Authority of Health will make public its opinion on the opening to all children over 5 years of age of vaccination against Covid-19. Vaccination of children at risk or living alongside immunocompromised people already started last week in France.

Covid figures on the rise in the Alpes Maritimes - Meanwhile according to figures published on Sunday 19th December, by Public Health France the covid incidence rate stands at 883 in the Alpes-Maritimes which is a new record for the region. For four consecutive days the rate is at its highest in the Alpes Maritimes and is well above the national average which stands at 530.

The Alpes-Maritimes is among five departments the most affected by the 5th wave of covid in France behind the Drôme (1,118), the Ardèche (975), the Vaucluse (897) and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (892).

According to data compiled by CovidTracker, 4.1% of positive tests for covid in the Alpes Maritimes are suspected of being the Omicron variant. The number of hospital admissions is on the rise with 329 patients currently in hospital and 68 in intensive care, a number that had not been so high since July.

Covid figures are also reaching record highs in the Var region, with an incidence rate of 835 reported on Sunday. The number of hospitalisations stands at 320 and 45 patients are in intensive care. The regional health agency has announced at least five hospital transfers of critical care patients from the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region to other regions in France.

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