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WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir trial for COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that it was discontinuing hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms for its Solidarity Trial, citing little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The WHO said the decision was in light of the evidence from the Solidarity Trial interim results. “These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little ...

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WHO says first alerted to virus by its office, not China

The World Health Organization has updated its account of the early stages of the COVID crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China, and not by China itself, to the first pneumonia cases in Wuhan. The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem ...

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Swiss authorise remdesivir for wide use against COVID-19

Switzerland announced Thursday that COVID-19 patients beyond those on clinical trials could be given remdesivir, the first drug shown to be relatively effective in treating the new coronavirus. At least two major US studies have shown that the anti-viral drug can reduce the duration of hospital stays for those suffering from the novel coronavirus. “With immediate effect, remdesivir can be ...

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Coronavirus: US buys nearly all of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug remdesivir

The US is buying nearly all the next three months’ projected production of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead. The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals. Tests suggest remdesivir cuts recovery times, though it is not yet clear if it improves survival rates. Gilead did sign a ...

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Bangladeshi firm claims to have invented corona vaccine

Globe Biotech Limited, a medicine manufacturing company has claimed that they have invented vaccine for coronavirus (Covid-19) for the first time in the country. Globe Biotech authorities revealed the information of inventing Covid-19 vaccine through a press briefing held on Wednesday (July 1), saying they had got success in administering the vaccine to animals. Dr Asif Mahmood, head of Research ...

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Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart

Trials of the controversial anti-malarial drug taken by US President Donald Trump to try to prevent catching coronavirus are to be resumed. UK regulators say hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug chloroquine can be given to healthcare workers in a clinical study to test the theory. Recruitment to the COPCOV trial had been paused amid concerns about side-effects raised by other ...

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East London NHS staff celebrated in celebrity photographer Rankin’s NHS birthday portrait collection Powerful portraits of NHS staff working on the frontline in East London during the pandemic have been captured by celebrity photographer, Rankin as part of collection to celebrate the NHS’ birthday on 5th July. NHS Staff across the Capital have been adapting the way they work to care ...

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India’s first COVID-19 vaccine, COVAXIN, by Bharat Biotech gets DCGI nod for human clinical trials

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech announced that it has successfully developed Covaxin, India’s first vaccine candidate for Covid-19, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV). The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI)- CDSCO, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare granted permission to initiate Phase I & II Human clinical trials after the company ...

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Cholesterol-lowering drugs help reduce COVID-19 deaths: Study

Commonly used cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may help reduce the death rate of COVID-19 patients, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Animal studies have shown that statin drugs can improve immune cell responses, reduce inflammation, and slow the progression of lung injury, according to a Xinhua report. However, it was unclear how clinical outcomes in patients ...

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Bangladesh to contribute $50,000 for COVID-19 vaccine availability

Bangladesh has announced to contribute 50,000 US dollar to ‘Global Citizen’ fund for supporting development and deploy COVID-19 vaccines in an equitable manner as well as rebuild communities impacted by the pandemic in a fair and just way. “I am pleased to announce a contribution of USD 50,000 for supporting development and availability of safe and effective vaccine, more importantly ...

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