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Chinese laboratory believes new drug can stop COVID-19 pandemic 'without vaccine'

Chinese laboratory believes new drug can stop COVID-19 pandemic 'without vaccine'”

A new drug is being developed in China to control the Novel coronavirus, which scientists believe has the power to stop the Pandemic which began in China late a year ago and has now spread around the world. After the coronavirus was first found in China a year ago, it is now spread across 190 countries of the globe and millions got infected with the deadly virus. Researchers say not only speeds up the recovery of sick people but also provides short-term immunity to the virus. Sunny Xie, director of Peking University's Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, explained that the treatment dramatically decreased the viral load in the mice.

They stated that when we injected this neutralizing antibody into infected mice, the viral loads were reduced to 2500 factors five days later. This showed that the potential drug had a therapeutic effect.

The drug uses neutralising antibodies which are produced by the human immune system to prevent the virus infecting cells which Xie's team isolated from the blood of 60 recovered patients.

Dr Xie said his team's "expertise is in single-cell genomics rather than immunology or virology. When we realised that the single-cell genomic approach can effectively find the neutralising antibody we were thrilled", he added.

The scientist revealed that planning for a clinical trial already underway and most likely to be carried out in Australia and elsewhere.

"Neutralised antibodies have the potential of forming the basis for a specialised drug to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic", said the scientist.

Thailand, the first country outside China to detect a case of the coronavirus in January, wants to be one of the first to have a vaccine ready for use, Taweesin said.

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But the World Health Organisation has warned that developing a vaccine could take 12 to 18 months. The head of the program says that the plasma of patients who have recovered from the disease has been used to prepare the medicine.

More than 700 patients have had plasma therapy in China, a process which the authorities said showed "very good therapeutic effects".

He said that work is on for clinical trials. This new treatment cuts out the middleman, so to speak, by injecting virus-fighting antibodies directly into a person's bloodstream.

"We would be able to stop the pandemic with an effective drug, even without a vaccine."

Thailand was ranked fifth globally, just ahead of South Korea, for rapid response to and mitigation of the spread of an epidemic in the Johns Hopkins Global Health Security Index report in 2019.

China has gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus, AP reports.



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