In the spotlight: hope on the horizon…

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People, wearing protective face masks, walk near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, December 2021 (photo illustration).

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This is the main title of

Liberation

. Is the Covid-19 epidemic receding? “ 

Is the Fifth Wave Wall soon behind us? 

The newspaper wants to be cautiously optimistic. “ 

After several weeks punctuated by unprecedented records of Sars-CoV-2 contamination, the scenario of an end to the flood now seems within reach,

says

Libé

.

As the modellers had envisaged for this second half of January.

 "We have the feeling that the peak is passing before our eyes", estimated yesterday Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist at the Institut Pasteur and member of the Scientific Council.

"The peak of infections in any case has passed these days, perhaps last week, in Île-de-France. It will be a little later in the other French regions".

»

However, tempers

Liberation

, “ 

other data remain very worrying.

(…) Because this fifth wave, carried by a duo of different but complementary variants, will undoubtedly not be the last.

The virus is still circulating in the world, other variants will inevitably appear and the Covid will return, landing at Roissy or elsewhere. 

With what virulence and what contagiousness?

For now, mystery...

This summer, deliverance?

So when will the end of the health crisis be?

According to epidemiologist Philippe Amouyel interviewed by

La Croix,

“ 

this moment will not arrive before the summer, a period when the immune coverage will be greater and will allow better resistance to serious forms.

Whether it becomes endemic will depend on two things

, he continues, 

the duration of the immunity conferred by the Omicron variant and the ability of pharmaceutical industries to produce vaccines that are resistant to the variants.

But for the next four to six months, we can be optimistic.

 »

The vaccination pass: what for?

In the meantime,

Le Parisien

wonders: “ 

peak of the epidemic, 90% vaccinated… what will the vaccine pass really be used for

(which should come into effect at the end of the week)?

(…)

For the vaccinated, the gesture will remain the same: a simple scan of the QR code hosted in the TousAntiCovid application will open the doors of the gathering places.

For the 5 million unvaccinated people and the latecomers in terms of a booster dose, on the other hand, daily life will be greatly complicated. 

»

So, “ 

will the vaccination pass encourage more people to get vaccinated?

This is the hammered goal.

 » In order to limit the serious forms of the disease.

 Until when will it be in force?

 “, asks

Le Parisien

again .

No timetable provided.

Everything will depend on the dynamics of the epidemic.

“ 

After its first use this winter, the vaccine pass could join the toolbox of the measures deployed in the event of a resurgence.

 »

United Kingdom: “ 

save the big dog… 

Also on the front page, " 

Boris Johnson fights for his political survival

 ": this is the headline of

Le Figaro.

Drinking and repeated parties at 10 Downing Street, with a large number of guests, while the country was under confinement… This is “ 

Partygate 

”: “ 

the conclusions of the internal investigation into these confinement parties at the top of power could be made at the end of the week. And in the meantime,

Le Figaro

points out,

“ 

Boris Johnson’s rescue operation has been launched. In the corridors of Whitehall, it is called "

Operation Save Big Dog" (save the big dog...). (…)

This counter-offensive by BoJo is organized on two fronts,

specifies

Le Figaro. He first intends to do some cleaning in Downing Street. Some heads will fall, collaborators will be thanked.

 " And then " 

Boris Johnson would also consider a series of measures popular with some of the Conservative MPs and his electorate: the freezing (before the abolition) of the license fee paid to the BBC, a possible deployment of the army to stem immigration clandestinely across the Channel and, luck helping, the lifting of the constraints due to the Omicron variant within ten days. 

»

And

Le Figaro

wonders: “ 

will this rain dance be enough to thwart the scalp dance that some are fomenting in Westminster?

 »

In any case, points out

Liberation

, “ 

behind the scenes, the potential successors to Boris Johnson are getting organized.

According to the press, Rishi Sunak, Minister of the Economy, Liz Truss, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Priti Patel, Minister of the Interior, have increased their meetings with Conservative MPs in recent days.

The three are said to have also started sharing their personal vision for the future of the UK.

 »

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