Covid-19: Didier Raoult in favor of the vaccination of caregivers and people at risk

Covid-19: Didier Raoult in favor of the vaccination of caregivers and people at risk
Covid-19: Didier Raoult in favor of the vaccination of caregivers and people at risk

HEALTH CRISIS – Professor Didier Raoult, known for his controversial positions since the start of the epidemic, assures us that “exposed nursing staff must seriously think about vaccination”, which he describes “as a useful element in the fight against infection “.

The drafting of LCI with AFP – 2021-07-09T07:48:37.122+02:00

Professor Didier Raoult, known for his defense of a controversial Covid-19 treatment, spoke out in favor of the vaccination of caregivers and at-risk subjects, showing himself to be more skeptical of generalization to the entire population. “Yes, I am for vaccination but for a population at risk of being particularly overexposed, or at risk of developing serious forms”, he told AFP, during a lunch organized by the Franco-Chinese investor club China Business Club, in Paris.

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Asked specifically about caregivers, a category where vaccination slips, the professor of microbiology replied in the affirmative: “Health care workers who are exposed should seriously consider vaccination”. Generally, “The vaccine indication which does not appear to me to be questionable is when you have a risk. The individual benefit is all the more important the more exposed you are”, he said in a question-and-answer session.

“Reasonable that people who can have a severe form should be vaccinated”

Therefore, he judged “reasonable that people who, if exposed, can have a serious form, the elderly, the unhealthy obesity, they should be vaccinated”. He qualified “vaccines” d’“useful element in the fight against infection by Covid-19”.

For the rest of the population, the specialist in infectious diseases was much more skeptical, especially for children. “Does the general vaccination make it possible to fight against the contagion? These are not elements which are clear in the literature nor in the real life”, he estimated. Recalling that he “said it for a year and a half”, he advised anyone ill to “to be treated”.

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Professor Raoult has been advocating since the start of the epidemic the use of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine associated with the antibacterial azithromycin, a treatment on which the IHU has carried out studies, which have been disputed in their methodology (sample too reduced and no placebo group). In addition, several large clinical studies have concluded in recent months that hydroxychloroquine is not effective against Covid-19.

“Part of the initial disaster (in March / April 2020) is that we did not treat people, we told them: ‘Wait until you suffocate’, but with this virus you can have respiratory failure appalling without realizing it “, argued the professor. Didier Raoult felt that“There will be a time when we get out of it. Based on the historical notions I have, it might look like the flu after a while.”.

LCI writing with AFP

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