Living through a pandemic in the south of France
323 days in Carcassonne since the 1st lockdown in March 2020
▫️ News and titbits
▫️ TV News conference from the Prime Minister is scheduled for today 6pm. No major announcement expected at the eve of the February school holidays, but one never knows. I shall as usual be watching and report.
▫️ The roller coaster continues
And this time it is on the vaccination front that our emotions are yo-yoing. Production in the world is accelerating and the prospects are rather good from Paris’ point of view.
Admittedly, the first vaccines from the Franco-Austrian bio-tech company Valneva are being released to the United Kingdom. But while waiting for the first serum designed and manufactured in France, no doubt in the second half of the year, France is going to run its factories to serve the current leaders: the American Moderna next month and the German-American Pfizer-BioNTech the following month.
The Fareva vaccine will undoubtedly follow in May. CureVac, the German firm that designed it, has not yet obtained marketing authorisation. While it is concentrating its efforts on finalising clinical trials, it is also preparing the next step in parallel: new vaccines. Why is this? In order to “develop new responses to the variants that arise”.
“The next generation of vaccines will be crucial in the fight against Covid-19”
A decision that reminds us that we don’t know whether the products our production lines are about to produce will stop the development of mutants. Emma Walmsley, the managing director of GSK, who has joined forces with CureVac, is not overly optimistic: “We believe that the next generation of vaccines will be crucial in the ongoing fight against Covid-19,” she says.
The issue is being taken very seriously. But one can already take comfort in the fact that the advantage of the messenger RNA technologies developed by these firms is that they can adapt quickly to clones.
▫️ Daily and weekly Corona virus statistics are visible here. I am updating the data during this morning and shoud be finished by lunch time.
▫️ Variants of the virus could be present in 13.8% of the positive tests recorded in France on 27 January. The figures from the flash survey reveal that the Île-de-France region and the Grand Est region would be particularly affected.
▫️ Daily walk
Went for a walk along the river yesterday. A well known circuit but it has been a few weeks since we have done it. Not since the beginning of Decembre last year in fact. Today almost fell like summer with a brilliant blue sky and some trees already in bloom. The water level of the river has certainly gone up in the past few days. There is no way it can be crossed using the usual ford.
Comme d’habitude – French for “As usual” is a French song about routine in a relationship falling out of love, composed in 1967 by Jacques Revaux with lyrics by Claude François and Gilles Thibaut. In 1969 the song was adapted by Paul Anka and given new lyrics, to create the song that became My Way, Frank Sinatra’s signature song.
▫️ Pic of the day
History of Harbin Ice Festival
The city’s location in northeast China accounts for its arctic climate which provides abundant natural ice and snow. Subsequently, the ‘Ice City’ of Harbin is recognized as the cradle of ice and snow art in China and is famous for its exquisite and artistic ice and snow sculptures. The fabulous Ice Lantern Festival is the forerunner of the Harbin Ice Festival and is still the best loved part of the overall event in the opinion of all who go to that city each year.
We are one of the handful of departements without a weather warning . The rivers around us are filling up.
▫️ Vendée Globe
Clarisse made it through to the finish line yesterday afternoon with an overall position in 12th place. She is the 1st woman to circumnavigate the world in under 90 days. Conratulations.
On the way
On the way
The next boat due in is Charal which was one of the favorites but had to return to the starting line for repairs and start again 3 days later.
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