Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday on a site of the pharmaceutical group Sanofi, near Lyon, for “support the research and production of vaccines“in the framework of the fight against the coronavirus, said Friday the Elysée palace.
This move on the website of Marcy-l’etoile (Rhône) will be followed by a video conference with the representatives of the private laboratories in the afternoon at the Elysée palace, said the presidency. Scheduled at 17 hours, this meeting “will have to exchange on the state of the research and the principles that should guide action in research and the production of the vaccine as the global access, fair remuneration and the allocation of production capacity“said the presidency.
The trip to Marcy-L’etoile will take place a month after the controversy created by remarks of the chief executive officer of Sanofi, Paul Hudson, according to which the group would distribute a future vaccine against the Covid-19 first in the United States, which have invested $ 30 million to support his research. Emmanuel Macron was “moved“this statement and had called again to ensure that this vaccine is “extract from the laws of the market“. He was then received at the Elysée Paul Hudson and Serge Weinberg, the chairman of the board of directors of Sanofi, which had provided shared access to the vaccine.
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Located in the city of lyon, the factory of Marcy-l’etoile is one of the largest sites in the world of research, development and production of vaccines, with some 3,500 employees, of which 75% production and 25% in research and development, according to Sanofi. Emmanuel Macron y will visit on Tuesday morning, a laboratory of industrial development as well as a line inspection of bottles in the presence of Paul Hudson, still shows the Elysée palace.
The main pharmaceutical groups are engaged in a race to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has so far been more than 417.000 people and infected more than 7.4 million people in the world. The secretary-general of the UN Antonio Guterres had said on 4 June that a future vaccine should be considered as a “global public good”, accessible to all, on the occasion of a summit that garnered $ 8.8 billion for the vaccination.
The head of State shall address to the French on Sunday at 20 hours to draw up a first balance sheet of the health crisis, a few days before a new phase of the déconfinement, scheduled for 22 June. He has made a point of the health situation by gathering on Friday morning the scientific council and the defence council at the Elysée palace.