Reconfining or not in certain places, as is already the case in the Alpes-Maritimes? Partly or totally? These are the main questions that Emmanuel Macron and the participants in the weekly health defense council will ask themselves this Wednesday morning. “Given the situation, it is better to regionalize,” he admitted on Tuesday, traveling in Côte-d’Or. “Containment is the weapon of last resort. If he deemed it necessary, I have no doubt that he will do it again ”, engages a relative.
But before that, as usual, the Head of State will have sharpened his thinking. By examining in particular the latest epidemiological trends in France and in neighboring countries, by observing the incidence rates in the most affected cities such as Dunkirk, but also the occupancy rates in intensive care units. And above all, by feeding on the latest scientific journals devoted to the spread of the virus.
“You will become more specialist than us”
Since the crisis broke, Emmanuel Macron has been over-consuming reading and research work devoted to Covid-19. Where they come from. From France of course, but also from England, the United States, Asia and even Israel. A real bulimia. There is of course the very serious British medical journal The Lancet, the publications of the British medical journal, the studies of researchers at Stanford, or the analyzes of the Journal of American medical association (Jama).
Readings – in the language of Shakespeare, of course – that he also sometimes shares with his Minister of Health Olivier Véran, and of course Jean Castex, reader of the journal Nature, one of the most famous scientific publications in the world . On Twitter, Emmanuel Macron is also very attentive to the daily analyzes of young Guillaume Rozier, 24, specialist in open data and creator of the CovidTracker application.
With sometimes funny scenes. Like three weeks ago, in the middle of a vaccines meeting organized by videoconference with, among others, Professor Jean-François Delfraissy and virologist Marie-Paule Kieny, president of the Covid-19 vaccine scientific committee. On this occasion, the president begins to quote an English study which has just been published. “Yes, we saw that she was out. But we haven’t got it yet, and it’s not translated, ”Delfraissy smirked during the meeting. “While Emmanuel Macron had already completely peeled it,” commented another participant afterwards. And this joke from the president of the scientific council: “At this rate, you will become even more specialist than us …”
Modeling and experts
“What he wants to study is something other than what he has not yet seen and heard,” said a member of his close guard. “The president reads everything scientific about the subject, questions countless experts and searches every day for what is happening again so as not to miss anything. One day, he will be able to run for the aggregation of immunology, ”laughs the President of the Assembly, Richard Ferrand. “It obsesses him to try not to be wrong,” insists another relative.
The example of the health defense council of January 29, organized at the last moment on a Friday evening, and where it finally decides not to reconfine despite the pressure, is proof of this. “Just before, he had reread all the latest studies. Looked at the latest models, the speed of transmission of the epidemic in Britain. And even commissioned additional studies on the impact of new dexamethasone-based treatments, ”says one participant. So well informed on the subject that even his ministers no longer venture too much to challenge him: “I am not sending him anything because I suspect that what I see, he must have already had it in hand three days before, one of them smiles. At one point… you don’t have to be ridiculous either. “
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