The research is "extremely active" in France involving some 1,600 patients, Ader told a news conference.|
Ader heads up a study dubbed Discovery in collaboration with several other European countries, with researchers conducting clinical trials of four potential treatments including the controversial hydroxychloroquine.
French researcher Florence Ader speaks at a news conference. Reuters
Of some 3,200 patients in Europe, at least 800 are in France. All are in hospital and severely ill with COVID-19.
Around the world some 150 projects seek to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. France's prestigious Institut Pasteur will carry out trials on humans by this summer, Ader said.