African Union Commission launches Covid-19 vaccine trial consortium

Divya Tirumalaraju ]]> A vaccine is expected to limit transmission, prevent deaths and support socio-economic recovery in Africa. Credit: ​Africa CDC. Sign up here for GlobalData’s free bi-weekly Covid-19 report on the latest information your industry needs to…

African Union aims to scale up COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

Devex A volunteer receives an injection during the first COVID-19 clinical trial at a hospital in Soweto, South Africa. Photo by: Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters NAIROBI — Currently there is only one clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine…

Gilead says coronavirus drug remdesivir can reduce risk of death, but analysts need more proof

Jaimy Lee Shares of Gilead Sciences Inc. gained 2.0% on Friday after the drugmaker shared potentially promising data about remdesivir that indicates the experimental COVID-19 drug may reduce deaths, though it noted the findings need to be confirmed….

Does hydroxychloroquine cut COVID-19 mortality? Expert urges caution

Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph.D. The antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine has generated significant controversy. A new study suggests that if it is given early, it can reduce mortality in people with severe COVID-19. But our expert points out weaknesses in the…

Cancer trial to focus on protecting patients from COVID-19 infection – Cowichan Valley Citizen

The Canadian Press A national clinical trial this summer will focus on protecting cancer patients against severe COVID-19 infection by attempting to boost their compromised immune system. Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital say they want to explore the…

Are new cannabis strains key to fighting COVID-19? These Alta. researchers think so

Coronavirus TORONTO — Two researchers in Alberta believe new strains of cannabis could potentially prevent the most fatal respiratory effects of COVID-19 and maybe even block the virus from entering the body at all. The husband and wife…

13 promising Covid-19 treatments emerging from Israel – The Yucatan Times

The Yucatan Times In parallel to vaccine research, there’s an urgent need for effective treatments for the respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. ISRAEL (Scientists across the globe are working on vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infection. After…

Florida men charged with selling bleach as COVID-19 ‘miracle cure’ – National

Josh K. Elliott A Florida man and his three adult sons are facing a slew of charges for allegedly using a phony church to sell bleach as a false “miracle” cure for many different ailments — including…

Bats offer clues to treating COVID-19

phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain Bats are often considered patient zero for many deadly viruses affecting humans, including Ebola, rabies, and, most recently, the SARS-CoV-2 strain of virus that causes coronavirus. Although humans experience adverse symptoms when afflicted…

ACE inhibitors, ARBs kindle interest to repurpose for Covid-19

GlobalData Healthcare ]]> by Manasi Vaidya in New York. Despite it being implicated in Covid-19, there is still equipoise on the role of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in disease pathogenesis, there is a divided expert outlook on the…