More than 100 Drugs being tested for potential Coronavirus vaccine
Posted on March 31, 2020, 12:27 PM IST
Coronavirus has put every other medicine lab and pharma companies on a race to produce the vaccine. Scientists around the world have started dozens of clinical trials, on more than 100 drugs, in the hunt to find a product that could attack the new coronavirus.
A vaccine is likely a long way off, and failures are inevitable. But some experimental treatments, while they still require more research, are showing promise. There are more than 100 coronavirus drugs and vaccines in development worldwide, according to Umer Raffat, an analyst at Evercore ISI who has been tracking progress. The coronavirus has become the pharmaceutical world’s top priority, but safety and efficacy haven’t been proven anywhere yet.
A handful of potential treatments are worth paying particular attention to.
- Remdesivir: This antiviral drug, made by Gilead Sciences, is the furthest along of any potential treatment. It's in six clinical trials, including two late-stage U.S. studies, and new results should come out next month.
- mRNA-1273: This drug, made by Moderna, is the first vaccine candidate to enter a clinical trial.
- Hydroxychloroquine has almost become a household name, after President Trump tweeted the results from a small, imperfect French study. It's a generic drug, already on the marker and made by several companies. Chinese scientists are reserching it further.
- INO-4800: An experimental vaccine made by U.S. drugmaker Inovio is going to be tested for the first time on 30 U.S. patients next month.
- Avigan: This influenza treatment, also known as favipiravir and made by Japanese and Chinese companies, has shown “a high degree of safety” among some coronavirus patients, according to Chinese scientists who are testing it.
- Kevzara: This medication, made by Regeneron and Sanofi, is approved for arthritis and will now be tested in up to 400 U.S. patients in an advanced clinical trial.