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Véran defends strategy to open Covid jab to all adults with chronic illness

France’s Heath Minister Olivier Véran has defended his decision to allow all people over the age of 18 with chronic diseases and obesity to receive the coronavirus vaccine without a prescription or a…

French health minister eyes an end to outdoor masks this summer


French health minister eyes an end to outdoor masks this summer
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04/05/2021 - 13:44
French Health Minister Olivier Véran (R) and Nice mayor Christian Estrosi (2ndR) look out across the Mediterranean after a visit to the CHU Hospital in Nice, southern France, February 20, 2021. AFP - VALERY HACHE
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France's health minister has said he "sincerely" hopes that people will no longer be obliged to wear masks outdoors or respect physical distance rules this summer, as the number of new Covid-19 cases fell by 20 percent in the past week, with new infection rates soon expected to drop below the 20,000-mark for the first time in months.

Paris prosecutors open manslaughter probe into post-AstraZeneca vaccine deaths


Paris prosecutors open manslaughter probe into post-AstraZeneca vaccine deaths
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Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, March 22, 2021, (file) AP - Matthias Schrader
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Prosecutors in Paris are taking on and combining into a involuntary manslaughter probe three separate investigations into the deaths of three people who were given the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in France.
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Prosecutors specialised in leading complex investigations into health products announced on Wednesday they will take on the preliminary probes which were already opened after complaints were filed in Toulouse, Paris and Nantes.
The initial investigations had been carried out by regional prosecutors.

French unions sound alarm over hospital interns' suicides, endless work amid Covid-19


French unions sound alarm over hospital interns’ suicides, endless work amid Covid-19
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18/04/2021 - 11:40
Medical interns and families at a banner reading, 'Hospitals are killing interns, help us to live', as they pay homage to five medical interns who committed suicide, at the French health ministry in Paris, April 17, 2021. © Thomas Samson, AFP
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After a year working brutally long hours on the "Covid front-line", hospital interns in France are at breaking point, to the extent that some of them have even committed suicide, according to a national union.
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France has over 300,000 medical student interns, whose average age is 25.