Covid-19: health authorities are slow to integrate wastewater analysis

The scientists behind the Obépine surveillance network (Epidemiological Observatory of Wastewater) keep it at least until the beginning of next year.

French health authorities are several months late in integrating wastewater analysis into their operational monitoring of the Covid epidemic. The Directorate General for Health, with the support of Public Health France and the Nancy laboratory of ANSES (National Agency for Health Safety and the Environment), should have taken over from the Obépine surveillance network (Epidemiological Observatory of wastewater) from the end of July. But it is the scientists who built the network who will continue to manage it at least until January 2022.

The public actors, united within the Sum’eau network, are not ready to recover the devices put in place by the Obépine researchers and other actors, such as the marine firefighters of Marseille. Asked about this, the public actors did not respond. “We obtained a first extension of 1 million euros to finance samples and analyzes for the period from August to October 2021. And we

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