Press Release 22.04.2020 : Inserm’s commitment to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic
In the press release Inserm mentioned the VRI concerning its engagement in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic :
“The Vaccine Research Institute under the supervision of Inserm also has a role to play in vaccines research within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its researchers are mobilized for the accelerated development of an SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine based on its expertise and the technology developed for other infectious diseases, such as HIV. The novel approach of the Institute is based on the targeting of dendritic cells, key cells in immune response.
Thanks to the involvement of this institute in French Covid-19 – the national cohort of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, coordinated by REACTing in line with 56 hospitals in France (including Henri-Mondor Hospital in Créteil), the objective of the research conducted there is to characterize patient immune response. Understanding this aspect of the infection is an essential prerequisite for the development of any vaccine.”