Vaccines against Covid-19, fight against the epidemic … Vaccinologist Marie-Paule Kieny was the guest of “8:30 am franceinfo”, Tuesday, November 17. She answers questions from Salhia Brakhlia and Marc Fauvelle.
“Really a ray of hope” but “not a magic wand”
The announcement of effective vaccines by two major laboratories “is really a ray of hope”, estimates Marie-Paule Kieny, vaccinologist and president of the Covid-19 France vaccine scientific committee. Vaccines from two major laboratories, Pfizer and Moderna, could hit the market in a few weeks. “Of course there are still lots of questions, she clarified, but it removed that uncertainty about the feasibility of these vaccines. “
But the vaccine should not be seen as “a magic wand”, tempers Marie-Paule Kieny. For the vaccinologist, “it will take some time to immunize a large part of the population”. It will also take “without doubt succeeding in vaccinating 100% of the population with vaccines which are almost 100% effective with an immunity which lasts for years, if not all the life”. “We are not going to eradicate this Covid, the chances that we will get there are almost zero”, she emphasizes, recalling that we already live with a lot of viruses.
“It will really be necessary to be clear and transparent”
“We must really be clear and transparent about what we know about these vaccines”, believes Marie-Paule Kieny, president of the Covid-19 France vaccine scientific committee, about future vaccines against the virus and the reluctance of the French to be vaccinated. A reluctance that the vaccinologist says she understands because according to her “a vaccination is a medical act and no medical act is without risks”.
This is why she advises to explain “the great benefit [que ces vaccins] can provide protection “. These vaccines “can help protect the vaccinated person” but they can also “help protect loved ones who may not be vaccinated and could be fragile people”.
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