Spain to start clinical trial on how to stop health workers contracting Covid-19

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A CLINICAL trial on how to protect Spain’s health workers from the coronavirus will begin shortly, the Health Ministry has announced.

More than 19,000 health workers have tested Covid-19 positive since the beginning of the outbreak – 15 per cent of all cases in Spain.

A 10th have been hospitalised and a fifth have recovered.

The Clinical Trial for the Prevention of Coronavirus Infection in Health Workers (Epicos), will study 4,000 health workers at all levels, from dozens of hospitals in 13 regions in Spain.
Illa said it is the largest trial of its kind in Europe.

The Spanish Medicines Agency has reportedly received 120 proposals for trials in the last few weeks, 21 of which are already approved and underway.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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