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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, where they plead for another strategy to be followed in the fight against Covid-19.

This is a point that undoubtedly marks a turning point in the strategy to fight 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 plead 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 confinement 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 to bring to the public domain a debate which must simmer within the council. ” One element is obvious: neither Simon Cauchemez, nor Arnaud Fontanet, respectively modeler and epidemiologist

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