Coronavirus: Scientists Reveals Plans to Treat Symptoms With Existing Antiviral Medications

There is no cure for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, but several big biotech companies are hoping they can treat the symptoms with existing antiviral medications.

Coronavirus: Scientists Reveals Plans to Treat Symptoms With Existing Antiviral Medications
File Photo

Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical firm with an experimental drug called remdesivir that is used to treat the Ebola virus, said late Friday it is working with Chinese health authorities to see if the medication can combat the symptoms of coronavirus.

The company said in a statement that remdesivir has demonstrated some success in treating MERS and SARS, two viruses similar to the Wuhan coronavirus, in animals.

Remdesivir has also been used for emergency treatment of patients with Ebola. But the drug has not yet been officially licensed or approved for treatment by any global health organization, Gilead added.

Investors were nonetheless encouraged. Shares of Gilead (GILD) rose more than 5% Monday.

Gilead is not the only drug firm hoping to find a successful treatment for the coronavirus. Big Pharma rivals Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are also working on vaccines.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Cure Has Been Found, Patient Shows Tremendous Improvement

Biotech Company AbbVie (ABBV) has said that they have seen promising results for treating the Wuhan coronavirus with a mixture of two of its HIV medications and Tamiflu, which is produced in a joint venture by Swiss pharma giant Roche (RHHBF) and Japan’s Chugai Pharmaceutical Co (CHGCY).

Do you want to be updated as soon as latest news are published?  If yes, then do not fail to Like Our Facebook Page and also Follow Us on Twitter. Thanks for caring and please do well to share this post using the share buttons below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Former Kenyan President Who Ruled for 24 Years Dies at 95

Tue Feb 4 , 2020
Former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi has been confirmed dead. He died at the age of 95 at Nairobi Hospital in the early hours of February 4, 2020. Moi stepped down in 2002 as the president after being constitutionally barred from running for a further term During his reign, […]
Former Kenyan President Who Ruled for 24 Years Dies at 95