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Canada In Guyana, elected officials oppose a therapeutic trial against the coronavirus on their territory

18:31  30 june  2020
18:31  30 june  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

Coronavirus. Elected officials of Guyana refuse a therapeutic trial against the Covid-19

 Coronavirus. Elected officials of Guyana refuse a therapeutic trial against the Covid-19 © Jody Amiet / AFP Rodolphe Alexandre, president of the territorial community of Guyana, during a meeting on June 22. The president of the territorial community of Guyana, Rodolphe Alexandre, and the two LREM senators of this territory "demanded", this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that the therapeutic trial conducted by Professor Karine Lacombe, consisting of injecting patients suffering from Covid-19 plasma from cured patients, "does not take place in Guyana".

In Guyana, voices are raised against a therapeutic trial, the inhabitants not wanting to serve as “guinea pigs”

Des tests dans le cadre de la crise du coronavirus réalisés en Guyane. (Illustration) © jody amiet / AFP Tests in the context of the coronavirus crisis carried out in Guyana. (Illustration) EPIDEMIC - In French Guiana, voices are raised against a therapeutic trial, the inhabitants not wanting to serve as "guinea pigs"

"It is not welcome and we asked the prefect to make all the arrangements for that it will not be welcomed in Guyana , ”declared after a meeting Rodophe Alexandre , the president of the territorial community of Guyana, surrounded by senators Antoine Karam and Geoges Patient.

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"Elle" is Karine Lacombe, head of infectious diseases at the Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, non grata in Guyana where she had to go for to set up therapeutic trials on patients suffering from Covid -19 .

▶ ️Karine #Lacombe , head of service at the APHP is not "welcome" in #Guyane , according to Rodolphe Alexandre and the two senators (Antoine Karam and Geoges Patient), to set up trials therapeutic. They told Prefect Marc Del Grande. https://t.co/hjyQtcIs5f pic.twitter.com/wwU3ahqmAA

- La1ere.fr (@ la1ere) June 30, 2020

The elected officials therefore "demanded" Tuesday that the therapeutic trial, which consists of injecting patients with Covid-19 into the plasma of cured patients containing antibodies against the coronavirus, "does not take place in French Guiana". Already underway in mainland France, it was to be extended to Guyana and Mayotte. This has attracted much criticism, with some Guyanese refusing to be "guinea pigs".

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Lack of patients

"Where does this unilateral idea come from that Guyanese figures would justify the installation of a therapeutic center in place of hexagonal France? Asked Gabriel Gabriel Serville in a letter to the director of the Guyana Regional Agency. The latter recalls that on June 29, the territory had "only 120 hospitalizations, including 19 in intensive care", and 15 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, while the metropolis still counted on June 26 "8.886 people hospitalized and 634 in intensive care ”.

Launched on April 7 by the French Blood Establishment (EFS), the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) and Inserm, 200 cured patients were to be sampled in Ile-de-France, in the Grand -Is and in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, while the trial was to include 120 patients in the acute phase of Covid-19: 60 receiving plasma and 60, a placebo.

A figure not reached, because when the trial was launched in early April "we were already in the phase of deceleration of the epidemic," said Karine Lacombe. Many patients who arrived at the hospital no longer met "the inclusion criteria for the plasma test."

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