(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
French government spokesperson Olivier Veran on Thursday called
on high-risk groups to get another booster shot against COVID-19
ahead of the holiday season, trend reports citing xinhua .
As former health minister, Veran told RMC-BFMTV radio that only
20 percent of high-risk groups in France have received their second
booster shots amid a new wave of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu
'If you are 60 years old and over, if you are a carrier of a
disease or if you are in daily contact with fragile or elderly
people, get vaccinated against COVID if you are not up-to-date with
your booster shots,' the former health minister said.
'It will limit the risk of complications and hospitalization,'
There is currently a subvariant that is spreading fast in
France, he underlined. 'We have an increase of more than 20 percent
in intensive care units linked to COVID-19, which weakens our
health system,' he said.
According to French immunologist Brigitte Autran, BA.5, the
subvariant of the original Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 that has
been prevalent in France, has already been replaced with the BQ.1.1
The French public health agency announced on Thursday that
almost 70,000 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours in
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