Capsules or tablets for treating patients with mild coronavirus at home may be ready as soon as fall, the UK government announced.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he would launch a new anti-virus task force “Surcharge” Look for home remedies designed to “stop COVID-19 from following its trail” and speed up recovery time.
It is expected that at least two effective treatments, in the form of tablets or capsules, will be offered to people who have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with people with Coronavirus withdrawal caused COVID-19, later. year.
Modeled on the team responsible for the UK mass vaccination program, the task force will look for the “most promising” antiviral home treatments and support their development. They go through clinical trials to ensure they can be “rolled out quickly” to patients as early as the fall, the government said.
The task force will also look at opportunities to produce antiviral treatments in the country.
Minister of Health Matt Hancock said the UK is leading the world in finding and implementing effective treatments for COVID-19. He cites low-dose steroid treatments Dexamethasone, has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of death in ventilated COVID-19 patients by up to 35% and arthritis medications tocilizumab, by Roche
and has been found to reduce the time spent in intensive care.
Announcing the new task force at a press conference on Downing Street on Tuesday, Johnson said antiviral treatments will play a key role in bringing the country back to normal. Brother. loosen its third lock.
He also released an update on UK immunization efforts, announcing that 60% of people aged 45 to 49 have now received their first dose of the vaccine. More 10 million people According to the latest government data, a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received in the UK, which means that nearly 19% of adults have now received two shots.
Earlier this month, the UK started implementing the US Moderna biotechnology
vaccine, along with injections developed by the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca
with Oxford University, and the vaccine is produced by BioNTech biotechnology in Germany
and US pharmaceutical company Pfizer
Johnson said current data suggests the government could continue to lift restrictions as outlined in its four-step roadmap, with the next major easing of rules on May 17, when it works. International travel can continue.
However, he warns that the majority of scientific opinion in the country remains “steadfast” that there will be one third wave coronavirus infection is at several stages this year.
Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said antiviral drugs could help protect unprotected or vaccinated people. “They can also be another layer of defense in the face of disturbing new variants,” he added.
Earlier this week, India has been added to the “red list” of the government of the countries after detecting 103 domestic cases of a coronavirus variant was identified in the country for the first time.
The rules, in effect at 4 a.m. local time April 23, mean international visitors who have been traveling from India for the past 10 days will be denied entry into the UK. British and Irish nationals, or holders of residency, will be allowed to enter but are subject to quarantine on a government-approved facility for 10 days.