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Vaccination: a timetable, and still many questions

In a country marked by strong vaccine mistrust, the authorities have been walking on eggshells since the announcement of the first positive results of a vaccine against Covid on November 9. For the first time, Emmanuel Macron provided some precise information during his televised address, even if many essential elements are still unclear. A strong principle has been established: vaccination will not be compulsory. Seized to give recommendations on the vaccine strategy of France, the High Authority of Health, in its preliminary work, had ruled out the principle, at least in the short term. In particular, it indicated that this would not be appropriate, given the uncertainties which still weigh on the characteristics of the vaccines in development. An obligation would undoubtedly have provoked even stronger reactions than in 2017, when the government wanted to impose the vaccination of babies. To reassure, on the contrary, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of “a scientific committee responsible for monitoring vaccination” and a “citizens’ committee”, without however further specifying the contours and role.

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