Covid-19: “Do not wait for” our vaccine “to get vaccinated”, writes the president of Sanofi to the French still undecided

Some are procrastinating and are betting on the vaccine developed by the French group. Olivier Bogillot, president of Sanofi France, is certainly honored by this confidence, but he recalls that “waiting only increases the risk”.

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“Don’t wait, now is the time to get vaccinated!” Olivier Bogillot, president of Sanofi France, addressed all those who prefer to wait for the marketing of a French vaccine against Covid-19 to be vaccinated. The leader preferred to set things straight, in a message posted on the LinkedIn network, Monday, August 9: “I thank those who trust Sanofi but our vaccine will not arrive for several months.”

“I hear some people say that they prefer to wait for the vaccine from Sanofi to be vaccinated (…). Waiting only increases the risk and prolongs the circulation of the virus.”

Olivier Bogillot, President of Sanofi France

on the LinkedIn network

The European Medicines Agency announced at the end of July the launch of a “continuous review” procedure for the vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur group, which paves the way for a possible application for future authorization in the European Union. But this process can still take several months, as the agency must collect and study more information. At this stage, moreover, no precise timetable has been revealed. “The coming weeks will be decisive for the start of the September school year., emphasizes Olivier Bogillot. We all want to get out of this crisis, so I tell you in responsibility, do not wait, now is the time to get vaccinated! “

Four vaccines are currently available: those from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – pending Novavax. “Vaccines authorized by health authorities are safe and effective”, continues Olivier Bogillot. “They save lives, spare the serious consequences of Covid-19, and slow down its circulation. They also save hospitals from a new wave of avoidable hospitalizations, which allows them, let us not forget, to concentrate on non-Covid-19 patients who require care. “

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