PARIS – 25,000 volunteers called upon to test COVID-19 vaccine

A platform was launched yesterday (1 October) to find 25,000 volunteers to carry out large-scale clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines, following a request made by France’s ministries of health and of higher education and research.

In the Paris region, the authorities are concerned about the current coronavirus figures, as the positivity rate had reached 11.1% during the week of 20-26 September (12% in the capital), compared with 8.9% the week before.

If the trend were confirmed, “we would have no other choice but to place Paris and the inner suburbs in a maximum alert zone, and this, from Monday”, said Health Minister Olivier Véran during his weekly press briefing yesterday.

Other major French cities such as Lille, Lyon and Grenoble could suffer the same fate.

(Louise Rozès Moscovenko | EURACTIV.FR)

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