France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced that the government will make the 11 vaccines universally recommended by health authorities mandatory from 2018 onward. The announcement comes in response to measles outbreaks across Europe, with 79 cases reported in France in January and February alone. Philippe branded the state of affairs “unacceptable.”
France clearly is blaming the anti-vaccine movement on increased cases of measles. According to a recent survey, 3 out of every 10 people in France don’t trust vaccine propaganda. Worse more, only 52% of French people feel that the purported benefits of vaccines outweighed risks associated with vaccines.
Italy’s increasingly worrisome situation is creating a hotbed of fear and backlash across Europe. Protests over the mandatory vaccine situation in Italy have been ongoing.
France has long been noted as distrustful of vaccines, so this move by the French government is likely a way to subjugate the will of the people.
Europe is also seeing an uprising in anti-government protests in concern with immigration laws. Many fear that Italy and France are both allowing too many immigrants to resettle within their borders. And that’s possibly creating more infectious disease spreading.