It’s a slap. Vaccination against Covid is accelerating everywhere, but still no French vaccine. No chance of having one before the second half of 2021. In the syringes, there is an American vaccine – that of Moderna – or a German vaccine – that of BioNtech, produced by the American Pfizer. The United Kingdom also uses the doses produced by its national champion, AstraZeneca, designed with the University of Oxford. And reminds us in passing that the pioneer of vaccination, the one who allowed the very first massive campaign against smallpox, in 1802, is called Edward Jenner (1749-1823). Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was not yet born.
In an nursing home, while waiting for the vaccine: “It’s heartbreaking to see them so unhappy”
So where is the French vaccine? Why has Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines branch of the Sanofi laboratory, the world leader in influenza vaccination, been so late? National pride is affected, and assumptions are rife.
Flashback, a year ago, when a Chinese researcher published the SARS-CoV-2 genome, defying the instructions of his government. BioNTech start-ups in Germany or Moderna in Et
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