The vaccine pass delivered in pain

The Assembly adopted the bill establishing the vaccination card (214 votes in favor, 93 votes against) which prohibits unvaccinated people from having access to a normal life. This vote poses a scientific problem and raises many political questions.

That’s it. This morning, at 5:30 am, after three nights of often heated debates, the presidential majority finally voted on first reading the bill establishing a vaccination pass for the French by 214 votes in favor, 93 against and 27 abstentions. The text must be examined quickly by the Senate before its promulgation in mid-January 2022.

What does the text suggest?

As soon as the law is promulgated, French citizens over 12 years old must present a complete vaccination schedule (one or two doses depending on the vaccines) or a certificate of cure according to certain criteria (not yet known). PCR or negative antigen tests will no longer be valid for access to places of leisure, fairs, seminars or even interregional transport. Health establishments and services will be exempt from the vaccination record.

Scientific problem

This bill “reinforcing the tools of health crisis management” remains a rather worrying gas plant. From a scientific standpoint, there is no evidence that the vaccines are effective against the newer variants. More and more scientific authorities denounce the lack of efficacy of vaccines and even their harmfulness against the Omicron variant. “It seems that the vaccine generates facilitating antibodies which increase contagiousness”, explains Prof. Eric Chabrière, university professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Marseille. In other words, instead of protecting the French, the vaccine pass could have the opposite effect! We will talk about this in a future article.

Political issues

This government bill also has political flaws. For example, how long will the vaccination pass be imposed on the French? The text does not say so. Certainly, the Republican senators wonder about a “mechanism of expiration of the vaccine passes”, according to the rate of contamination, but “nothing is planned for the end of the vaccine pass at this stage”, admitted the Prime Minister Jean Castex. A lifetime vaccination pass? It’s scary.
Finally, last night’s vote not only opens a serious divide in French society but also divides political groups. Especially at Les Républicains where the group has 103 deputies of which 28 voted for, 24 against, 22 abstained and 29 were absent. What unanimity!

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