Anti-vaxxer fight in France

The French government is fighting an entrenched anti-vaccination, or anti-vaxxer, movement in the country, with widespread public reservation to take vaccinations.

Recent surveys show six out of 10 people would rather not have a COVID-19 jab.

For some epidemiologists, more needs to be done to persuade the public and deal with the well-documented nervousness about the vaccine.

Philippe Amouyel, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Lille, noted, “People need to be reassured that the vaccine is effective. As more people get vaccinated, among them politicians and doctors, we hope to convince those who have not yet decided to get it or not.”

France currently has a nationwide nightly curfew in place for most of the country from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and for 15 badly hit regions it runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

France has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world and the third-highest number of deaths in Europe.

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