Pasteur Institute

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HeadquartersParis, France
Studies biology, microorganisms, diseases and vaccines. This also includes biological warfare.

The Pasteur Institute (Institut Pasteur) is a French non-profit private foundation dedicated to the study of biology, micro-organisms, diseases, and vaccines. It is named after Louis Pasteur, who invented pasteurization and vaccines for anthrax and rabies. The institute was founded on June 4, 1887, and inaugurated on November 14, 1888.

For over a century, the Institut Pasteur has researched infectious diseases. This worldwide biomedical research organization based in Paris was the first to isolate HIV, the virus is stated to cause AIDS, in 1983. Over the years, it has been responsible for discoveries that have enabled medical science to control diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, influenza, yellow fever, and plague.

Since 1908, ten Institut Pasteur scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology—the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared between two Pasteur scientists, including COVID-dissident Luc Montaigner.


In December 2020, Jean-Bernard Fourtillan, a French retired university professor in pharmacology and toxiology, and known for his strong opposition to COVID-19 vaccines, was taken from his temporary home in the south of France by a team of gendarmes (police) and forcibly placed in solitary confinement at the psychiatric hospital of Uzès.

In particular, Fourtillan had accused the Pasteur Institute of having “fabricated” the SARS-COV-2 virus over several decades and been a party to its “escape” from the Wuhan P4 lab — unbeknownst to the lab’s Chinese authorities — which was built following an agreement between France and China signed in 2004.[1]

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

In the 1980s doctors from the Pasteur Insitute were responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The deaths occurred years after the victims were treated, while still children, with tainted human-growth hormones. In 2008 seven doctors and pharmacists went on trial for the deaths.[2]

Investigators found evidence that France-Hypophyse, an association that had a monopoly over the collection and distribution of pituitary glands from corpses across France and eastern Europe, often worked in unhygienic conditions. The Pasteur Institute's radio-immunology unit, which extracted the hormones from the glands, also was careless in handling, transporting and stocking the material.[2]

An official 1992 inquiry found that the team at the unit bought glands from theatre orderlies throughout the 1980s for meagre sums of 35-50 francs. Half of the 120,000 organs acquired between 1983 and 1988 came from corpses in Bulgaria and Hungary. Many appear to have been procured from neurological or infectious wards, the report said.[2]

List of international locations

Today, the Institut Pasteur houses 100 research units and close to 2,700 people, including 500 permanent scientists and another 600 scientists visiting from 70 countries annually. The Institut Pasteur is also a global network of 33 foreign institutes[3][4] devoted to medical problems in developing countries; a graduate study center and an epidemiological screening unit.

The international network is present in the following cities and countries:

City Country Institute name Date Created
Algiers Algeria 1894
Athens Greece 1920
Bangui Central African Republic 1961
Brussels Belgium 1904
Rome Italy Istituto Pasteur-Rome[5] 1964
São Paulo, Fiocruz Brazil Oswaldo Cruz Foundation[6] 1900
Phnom Penh Cambodia Institute Pasteur du Cambodge 1953
Dakar Senegal Institute Pasteur de Dakar 1924
Lille France Institut Pasteur de Lille 1984
Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe, France Institut Pasteur de Guadeloupe[7] 1924
Cayenne French Guiana, France 1940
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 1891
Nha Trang Vietnam [4]
Hanoi Vietnam 1924
Da Lat Vietnam Institut Pasteur de Dalat 1936
Vientiane Laos Institut Pasteur in Laos 2007
Tehran Iran Pasteur Institute of Iran 1919
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire 1972
Tananarive Madagascar 1898
Casablanca Morocco 1911
Nouméa New Caledonia, France Institut Pasteur in New Caledonia 1955
St Petersburg Russia Institut Pasteur in Saint Petersburg 1923
Tunis Tunisia 1893
Montevideo Uruguay Institut Pasteur Montevideo 2006
Sofia Bulgaria 1947
Bucharest Romania [4]
Niamey Niger 1980
Yaoundé, Cameroon 1959
Seoul South Korea 2003
Shanghai China Institut Pasteur of Shanghai (IPS), Chinese Academy of Sciences [8] 2004
New York City United States Pasteur Foundation[9] 1951
Montreal, Laval Canada Canadian Pasteur Foundation 1938
Hong Kong China Hong Kong University - Pasteur Research Centre[10] 1999
Coonoor India Pasteur Institute of India[11] 1907


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Emmanuelle Charpentier11 December 1968FranceResearcherGM researcher who advanced CRISPR gene editing. Attended the 2016 Bilderberg
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