France’s Pasteur Institute unveils optimistic pandemic outlook for the summer

The epidemiologist at the Pasteur Institute and scientific council member Arnaud Fontanet told TV channel France Info on Tuesday that he welcomed the drop in new COVID-19 cases in France, underlining "a very favourable dynamic".  [Shutterstock/Darryl Fonseka]

If the current decline in COVID-19 cases in France continues until 9 June, there will be no “significant resumption of the pandemic” this summer, according to a report from French non-profit Pasteur Institute published on Saturday.

Pasteur Institute epidemiologist and scientific council member Arnaud Fontanet told TV channel France Info on Tuesday that he welcomed the drop in new COVID-19 cases in France, underlining “a very favourable dynamic”.

“If we manage to continue the fall that has already begun, we will have more room for manoeuvre in the coming summer,” said the epidemiologist. “So let’s continue with this effort, especially as there are uncertainties,” he added.

Scientists at the Pasteur Institute are nevertheless remaining positive about the situation, assuring that any “rebound would remain smaller than the third wave of the pandemic”. (Clara Bauer-Babef | EURACTIV.fr)

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