Emmanuel Macron traveled on Thursday to the Marseille College Hospital Institute, the place he met Professor Didier Raoult, specialist in infectious ailments. Publicized and controversial, he defends a therapy based mostly on chloroquine towards the coronavirus.
President Emmanuel Macron met on Thursday April 9 with Professor Didier Raoult, champion of the very controversial use of a chloroquine by-product towards the coronavirus. In a number of days, the pinnacle of state will ship a long-awaited speech throughout which he’ll element the continuation of confinement within the face of the pandemic, which has killed greater than 12,000 folks in France.
After assembly different researchers within the morning at a college hospital close to Paris to take inventory of analysis into therapies, Emmanuel Macron was welcomed within the afternoon on the Institut hospitalo-universitaire (IHU) in Marseille , the place Pr Raoult works.
Turn into one of many figures of this disaster, Didier Raoult printed two research on the hydroxychloroquine (by-product of chloroquine, a drug towards malaria) which show, in line with him, "effectiveness" of this therapy towards the coronavirus. Nevertheless, many scientists discover it unimaginable to attract this conclusion solely on the idea of those research, specifically due to the best way wherein they’re developed.
A place on chloroquine anticipated
In entrance of the gates of the institution, the police had been deployed for this go to which had not been introduced, whereas some Marseillais arrived in drops to be examined for the virus, famous an AFP journalist.
Emmanuel Macron has thus far not taken a place on the controversy round chloroquine, which additionally agitates opinion and the political class. However, just like the Minister of Well being Olivier Véran, he has already met with Professor Raoult because the begin of the disaster.
This transfer is a part of a sequence of consultations, which the president is conducting, with a purpose to put together the televised speech scheduled for Monday night, specifically with a view to confirming the extension of the confinement.
Macron listens to researchers
The Élysée Palace defined on Wednesday that the president was going, earlier than this assembly with the French, "to seek the advice of a lot of private and non-private actors, French, European and worldwide, with a purpose to trade with them on main points regarding Covid-19 and to arrange the choices to be introduced to the French on Monday. "
For skilled Frédéric Dabi, the assembly with Professor Raoult is "a robust act" which exhibits that Emmanuel Macron "consults everybody" and never simply the members of the Scientific Council or CARE.
It’s each "a means of controlling the phrases of Didier Raoult, as a result of he won’t be able to say that he was not listened to", but additionally "a formidable legitimization of this researcher", nevertheless controversial, specifies for AFP the deputy director normal of the Ifop polling institute.
Confronted with strain, the Minister of Well being Olivier Véran known as final weekend to not skip the steps, stressing that we’d quickly know the primary intermediate outcomes of medical research, which purpose to find out whether or not chloroquine but additionally "different promising medicine" are efficient when taken on the onset of the illness.
In comparison with different molecules, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have the benefit of being already accessible, cheap and well-known.