Fight against the coronavirus: why is Europe doing less well than Asia?

Audio 06:09

China has been testing a vaccine for people at risk for several months (photo illustration).


By: Florent Guignard

8 min

Faced with a worrying resurgence of the pandemic, several European countries are organizing to try to stop a "second wave" of epidemics and limit its progression, in order to avoid a devastating containment for the economy.

China, where the new coronavirus first appeared at the end of 2019, has for several months contained the epidemic on its soil thanks to strict controls, the wearing of generalized masks, containment measures and tracing applications.


Why ten months after the official appearance of the coronavirus, is the European continent still doing less well than Asia?

Some answers with Christian Brechot, virologist and president of the Global Virus Network (VGN), former director of the Institut Pasteur. 


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