Logistic. Everything depends on this to be able to launch the vaccination campaign against covid-19 in the West Indies, in Saint-Martin in particular. "There is a slightly heavier logistical challenge in an overseas territory than in France for an obvious reason called the cold chain, the doses must be kept in strict continuity of cold" and at a temperature of the order of - 70/80 ° C, declared the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, traveling to Saint-Martin on Sunday.
Two freezers will thus be transported to Martinique and Guadeloupe during the month of January by military air. Those intended for Saint-Martin will be in the freezer of Guadeloupe.
Since the vaccine can be stored at lower temperatures for three to four days, it has been decided that doses will be sent to Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy as and when needed and for immediate use.
"This is why the pre-vaccine interviews will be important," insisted Sébastien Lecornu. These interviews will make it possible to identify the people who will be vaccinated and thus be able to send the doses accordingly.
The prefect of Saint-Martin and the director of the regional health agency should meet in the coming days to set up these interviews and estimate the number of doses needed. “The strategy is the same as in metropolitan France, priority public will be the same here ”, confided the Minister.
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