With the world on the cusp of finally beginning to administer a viable Covid-19 vaccine, an anonymous French collective is rooting out ‘the very worst’ anti-vax sentiments on social media.
If you thought anti-vax demonstrations in London and California were bad, France is by definition the most vaccine-sceptical nation on the planet, with as many as 1 in 3 believing immunisation to be dangerous or unsafe.
In 2017, mandatory vaccines were enforced by the French government, demanding that hepatitis, influenza, and measles jabs be raised from ‘recommended’ to obligatory treatments. It’s at this point that anti-vax demonstrations started to gather momentum in the French Capital and beyond, and the general attitude has scarcely changed since. In-fact, France has even seen a resurgence of measles and mumps outbreaks in recent years thanks to growing anti-vax sentiments.
Now, as the country awaits the go-ahead from the European Medicines Agency to doll out its 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, fears that large portions of the country are set to shun the treatment are once again propagating throughout government. Having been battered by a pandemic tallying 59,000 deaths and 2.4 million cases of infection, France is said to be readying the ‘biggest vaccination campaign’ in its history to prevent that from happening.
Anti-vaxers in France 55-59%; Germany up to 45%. Unless those numbers shift, Europe is screwed. Fact that French 'centrists' describe mandatory vax for use of public transport as 'tyranny' doesn't bode well https://t.co/aFZYWF1S2d pic.twitter.com/bkjPXCT9hq
— Ryan Kemp (@RyanKemp1992) December 22, 2020