In a survey recently published by Ipsos, only 40% of French people questioned said they intended to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Reluctance to vaccination is not new in France and has always accompanied vaccination campaigns. A look back at four emblematic moments and the controversies that accompanied them.
1885: Pasteur and the controversy of a “laboratory rage”
At the end of the XIXe century, Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine against rabies from an attenuated strain of the virus. The injection, carried out successfully in 1885 on a child bitten by a dog suspected of being rabid, is presented as a success. While he seemed doomed, young Joseph Meister never developed symptoms of rabies. Already at the time, the process developed by Pasteur aroused mistrust. Some in the scientific world criticize him for the dangerousness of his method. Several deaths of patients indeed came at this time to mar the discovery of the c
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