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Marseille wants to bring its expertise on epidemics to Europe and the Mediterranean



           


Renaud Muselier placed the fourth act of Mediterranean of the Future under the sign of the fight against Covid-19 (screenshot: F.Dubessy).
Renaud Muselier placed the fourth act of Mediterranean of the Future under the sign of the fight against Covid-19 (screenshot: F.Dubessy).
MEDITERRANEAN. After the climate challenge in 2017, youth and innovation in 2018, investment in 2019, Act 4 of Mediterranean of the Future took place, digitally on Tuesday 1 December 2020, under the theme "1720-2020: from the plague to Covid-19, 300 years of resistance to pandemics in the Mediterranean".

"The Mediterranean needs spaces of lighthouses, spaces of dialogue that never fade away. It needs this constant solidarity between its territories (...) common challenges bring us together! Today, we are showing that even this pandemic can unite us", Renaud Muselier stresses. Organiser of this Mediterranean event, the President of the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur Region and President of Regions of France wanted "an event dedicated to hope". He had convened by videoconference several internationally renowned scientists. Including Didier Raoult, for whom "two things upset societies: wars and epidemics". The director of the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection wants the Phoenician city to play its part. "Marseille is a city whose history has been marked by epidemics. As a major Mediterranean port, it is the place through which France is opening up to the South and the Middle East. It is Marseille's duty to bring its expertise to Europe and the Mediterranean".

Another intervention (in the form of a recorded interview), that of Stéphane Bancel. "Our vaccine will be offered at a reduced price for emerging countries", said the CEO, a native of Marseille, of the American biotechnology company Moderna.

"Back to normal in September 2021"

For Didier Raoult, "it is Marseille's duty to bring its expertise to Europe and the Mediterranean". (screenshot: F.Dubessy)
For Didier Raoult, "it is Marseille's duty to bring its expertise to Europe and the Mediterranean". (screenshot: F.Dubessy)
"If the Southern region has deployed all its efforts and all its means to mitigate the effects of this crisis on the regional territory, the reflection must be developed at another level, Mediterranean or even global", says Renaud Muselier, while pointing out a "delay in the spectacular preparation of the State. And to be credible, "governments must be calm, balanced and never react immediately, otherwise we always take the wrong decisions. All the messages are alarming and alarmist, without any hope," he regrets.

Stéphane Bancel came to reassure everyone. The CEO of Moderna affirms that "his vaccine will be available between the end of the year and the first quarter of 2021". By June 2021, "most of the adults who want a vaccine will have been vaccinated (...) teenagers should be vaccinated during the summer and the next school year will be back to normal". The American company's vaccine is 94% effective and "will prevent 100% of serious cases and therefore hospitalisations", according to Stéphane Bancel.

Another distinguished guest is Prince Albert II of Monaco, for whom "environmental health and human health are closely linked". He therefore advocates working to "preserve the environment, to build a stronger health system, to offer appropriate responses through joint action". For the sovereign of the Principality, "in the Mediterranean, we have the means to achieve such results".


Frédéric Dubessy


Tuesday, December 1st 2020



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