Books collection

The Covid-19 Ad Memoriam Institute and La Documentation française have launched a collection of works entitled “Covid-19 Ad Memoriam”, with the aim of publishing 2 to 3 books a year to preserve the traces and memories of the pandemic.

Face à la pandémie
Les avis du conseil scientifique Covid-19

On 20 June 2023, La Documentation française published a book coordinated by the Covid-19 Ad Memoriam Institute.

How was the Covid-19 crisis managed?


This book brings together in a single volume all the opinions published by the COVID-19 Scientific Council between 2020 and 2022.

Published retrospectively, this collection of opinions and annotated notes brings together a considerable and incomparable amount of accumulated knowledge, since everything had yet to be discovered about this disease and the infectious agent responsible for it. The unfolding of this unprecedented global crisis is described, with all its logic and disconcerting twists and turns.

The Scientific Council has entrusted a renowned independent journalist, Paul Benkimoun (head of the “Health” section at Le Monde), with the task of organising and thematising these opinions, with a view to taking a step back, educating and popularising them.

By members of the scientific council

Foreword: Jean-François Delfraissy

Presented by: Paul Benkimoun

Les personnes âgées au risque de la pandémie

On 21 March 2023, La Documentation française published a book coordinated by the Institut Covid-19 Ad Memoriam and the Comité Consultatif National d’Éthique.

What impact does Covid-19 have on the elderly?


The primary aim of this book is to consider, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis, how our society perceives and constructs its relationship with the elderly.

The various chapters take a close look at what the pandemic has taught us about the elderly. 87% of the cumulative deaths attributed to COVID-19 in France occurred either in nursing homes or among people aged over 70. The mortality rate for people living in nursing homes was 17,000 times higher than for those under 30, and 1,000 times higher than for those aged between 30 and 50.

This book also highlights the tension between health measures and well-being as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), including the notion of “physical, mental and social well-being”.

Under the direction of:

Jean-François Delfraissy, Pierre-Henri Duée and Laëtitia Atlani-Duault.

Questions d'éthique au temps de la COVID-19

On 21 March 2023, La Documentation française published a book coordinated by the Institut Covid-19 Ad Memoriam, the Comité Consultatif National d’Éthique and the Comité National Pilote d’Éthique du Numérique.

Health or freedom, do we have to choose?


This book attempts to answer the ethical questions raised by public authorities in the wake of the pandemic. It identifies points to watch in order to inform decisions, at the level of political authorities, healthcare professionals and, more generally, society. It explains how the health crisis has led to an increase in the use of digital technology to help control the pandemic by providing concepts and tools for understanding it.

The two committees, the Comité consultatif national d’éthique (CCNE) and the Comité national pilote d’éthique du numérique (CNPEN), made fourteen contributions over a two-year period, often in a hurry, which are brought together and put into context here.

Under the direction of:

Jean-François Delfraissy and Claude Kirchner.