At only 25 years old, this engineer whose Covidtracker site has established itself as a reference for information on the progression of the pandemic in France is decorated on an “exceptional basis”.
Guillaume Rozier, the 25-year-old engineer who became famous for creating free anti-Covid 19 services on the internet, was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit at “exceptional title“, According to a decree published on Saturday in the Official Journal. Creator among other things of the site, which allows you to find vaccination appointments, he is the youngest of the 1088 promoted announced on Saturday.
He is “knighted on an exceptional basis (without waiting for the required length of service) as permitted by the code of the National Order of Merit for ‘clearly characterized exceptional services’“Said in a press release the Grand Chancellery of the Legion of Honor, which oversees the two decorations. With some exceptions, ten years of “merits acquired either in a public, civil or military function, or in the exercise of a private activityare required to be awarded the National Order of Merit, on the proposal of the government.
Created in 1963 by General de Gaulle, the National Order of Merit is the second national order after the Legion of Honor. It has three ranks (knight, officer, commander) and two dignities (grand officer and grand cross).
Guillaume Rozier began working on the pandemic in March 2020, when he was completing his engineering studies at Telecom Nancy, with a specialty in artificial intelligence and mass data processing (big data). Based on public data, he produces graphs on the evolution of the pandemic, easy to understand by the general public. He puts them on the internet and distributes them via his Twitter account, @GuillaumeRozier. Shared by Internet users, constantly improved, the site soon to be called Covidtracker is establishing itself as a reference for information on the progression of the pandemic in France.
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Inability of the State to produce comparable services
Subsequently, Guillaume Rozier created Vaccintracker, which tracks the progress of vaccinations, then Vitemadose. Launched at the beginning of April, this website allows you to have at a glance the slots available on the different appointment platforms, Doctolib, Keldoc, Maiia, Ordoclic or MaPharma.
By announcing the expansion of the vaccine campaign a few weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron himself had welcomed Vitemadose. However, the success of Guillaume Rozier’s private creations has led many observers to draw up a cruel observation for public power: that of the State’s inability to produce such services, effective and simple, for the general public. .
The LREM deputy François Jolivet had asked the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, in early May to propose the name of Guillaume Rozier for the Legion of Honor or the National Order of Merit.
On May 17, on BFMTV, Olivier Véran had wrongly claimed that the person concerned was too young for the Legion of Honor, and that he had to apply for the National Order of Merit to have it. “After checks“, the entourage of Olivier Véran had finally indicated to AFP on May 18 that he was “quite possible that Guillaume Rozier be decorated“. The young man now works for a French IT consulting group, a subsidiary of the American group Accenture.