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Anti-Covid Research: Pinned State

The Court of Audit said on Thursday that funding for public research in France to fight the Covid-19 pandemic has been “markedly lagging behind” other countries and “too scattered to respond to the challenges of the crisis”. happened”.

Between January 2020 and March 2021, “the total amount of resources allocated to French public research on Covid-19 is 530.17 million euros, including European funds, or 502.48 million euros without these funds”, the auditors Calculates the Court of “This is a significant effort”, but “with comparable means and scientific fabric, both in absolute terms and relatively less than those undertaken by other European countries”, conclude the authors of this report.

Indeed, Germany has put about 1.5 billion euros on the table – including 1 billion of its biotechs such as CureVac and BioNTech – and the United Kingdom 1.3 billion euros.

The audit also questions the “pre-crisis funding gap, particularly in the biology-health sector”, which emergency efforts “could not compensate for”. It therefore recommends providing more and long-term support for fundamental research in this area.

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