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Can people in Guadeloupe be persuaded to get the COVID vaccine?

Infections and distrust are causing people on the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe to resist getting inoculated.

Protests against COVID-19 containment measures have descended into violence on the streets of the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the situation “explosive”.

People have been angered by the government after it declared all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, while everyone has to carry proof they have had the injections.

However, people in Guadeloupe are resisting.

They say they do not trust the vaccines, the authorities on the island or the French government.

Presenter: Rob Matheson


Clemence Apetogbor – Journalist

Jean-Yves Bonnaire – President, Contact Enterprises

Stephanie Melyon-Reinette – Sociologist