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WHO believes it has come to some breakthroughs in developing a drug for COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) said some treatments appeared to reduce complications under the new COVID-19 and had already focused its efforts on learning more information about four or five of the most promising of them, Reuters reports.
“We have some very early treatments that limit the complications or duration of the disease, but we don't have anything yet to kill the virus,” WHO spokesman Margaret Harris said at a briefing in Geneva, as quoted by BTA.

"We have potentially positive information, but we still need more data to be 100% sure that we can prefer this treatment over someone else”, she said, adding that there is still a need for more research that is ahead.

However, she did not mention which particular medicine we were talking about. Earlier, reports were published on the potential effectiveness of the drug “remdesivir”. Several other studies also demonstrated the potential effectiveness of some other preparations.

One published in Hong Kong this month used a combination of three antiviral drugs that helped alleviate the symptoms of patients with COVID-19 and reduced the presence of the virus in patients' bodies.

The study involved a total of 127 patients who took the medicine made up of HIV, hepatitis and sclerosis preparations. One control group of participants received only the HIV drug.

Earlier, the drug hydrochlorine used against malaria, which US President Donald Trump said was likely to be useful in combating COVID-19 proved insufficiently effective after the completion of a study among patients with the disease.

While this study was limited, doctors concluded that the use of hydrochlorine did not reduce the risk of death nor the need for respirators in the patients on whom it was tested.


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