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Vaccines, towards a reminder for teenagers living with fragile people

The government will open the booster vaccine against Covid-19 to 12-17 year olds living alongside fragile people, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday January 18. Last week, the High Authority for Health (HAS), responsible for guiding the government in its vaccination policy, recommended“administer a booster dose in adolescents living in the entourage of immunocompromised people or vulnerable people who would not be vaccinated”.



1,500 European astronaut candidates, including 200 with disabilities

Launched in the spring of 2021, the first selection phase for future European astronauts ended on Tuesday 18 January. More than 1,300 applications were accepted, as well as 200 applications from people with disabilities. The selection of these “parastronauts” is a world first. The recruitment process includes at least three test phases, as well as two interviews. The European Space Agency (ESA) is expected to announce the names of the four to six successors to Thomas Pesquet and Samantha Cristoforetti in the fall of 2022.

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A new complaint for “torture” against the boss of Interpol

The president of Interpol, the Emirati Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, is the subject of a new complaint for “torture” and “acts of barbarism”, filed Tuesday, January 18 in Paris at the anti-terrorist prosecution (Pnat). Two previous complaints had been closed because the person concerned did not reside in France and was not on French soil. However, the complainant NGO asserts that the Emirati “is on French soil” currently in Lyon, where Interpol’s headquarters are located.


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