April 16, 2021

Reconfinement: the Scientific Council is divided over the strategy to follow

DECRYPTION – Some members of the Board published a letter in the scientific journal, The Lancet, breaking with the positions of other scientists who advocate a zero-Covid strategy.

This is an update that undoubtedly marks a turning point in the strategy to fight against Covid-19. While no opinion of the Scientific Council has been made public for more than a month, five of its members (including President Jean-François Delfraissy) publish a letter in The Lancet Public Health. They are pleading for an end to this endless cycle of lockdowns, curfews and restrictions.

The speech is in opposition to the positions of many scientists who advocate the establishment of a zero-Covid strategy. A strategy that involves strict containment in order to destroy any viral circulation, and then gradually reopen the country. “Jean-François Delfraissy is perfectly aware of the challenges of such communication, also notes a relative. He does so in order to bring to the public domain a debate which must brood within the council. ” One element is obvious: neither Simon Cauchemez, nor Arnaud Fontanet, respectively modeler and epidemiologist

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