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Coronavirus screening: catching up, really?

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France has been slow to have its population tested massively. Despite the government’s announcements, the difficulties on the ground remain.

“It is unfortunate but it is a fact. Given the acceleration of the coronavirus epidemic in the world, we will not be able to provide enough test material at first.” This admission of helplessness, made at the end of March by a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical group Roche, sounds like a warning for France, which has recently wanted to strengthen its screening policy.

The turnaround took place last week. After hammering out that testing in the midst of an epidemic was pointless, the government finally heard the call made by the Director-General of WHO on March 16: “Test, test, test!”. A first milestone has already been crossed: going from 5,000 molecular biology tests (PCR) per day, to 12,000 tests today.

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