Japanese Scientists Have Found A Remedy That Blocks The Coronavirus Reproduction
The anti-retroviral drug nelfinavir is capable of blocking the reproduction of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This conclusion was reached by Japanese scientists from Tokai University in Isehara. The results of their research are published in the electronic scientific library bioRxiv.
Scientists tested the effect of nine antiretroviral drugs on SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. Doctors have found that the HIV drug nelfinavir effectively stops the replication of the virus even when using small doses.
The experts' conclusion says that nelfinavir should be included in the list of potentially effective drugs against coronavirus.
The scientists stressed that a proven remedy for the treatment of coronavirus has not been found, so it is urgent to test effective antiviral drugs.
Earlier, the leading specialist of the Moscow infectious diseases clinical hospital No. 2, academician Viktor Maleev, said that to date, no medicine would help 100% with the new coronavirus.
The outbreak of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, occurred at the end of December last year. The focus of infection was the Chinese city of Wuhan. In a few months, the disease has spread to more than 190 countries. On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.
According to Worldometer, the number of cases of a new type of coronavirus in the world exceeded 1.7 million on April 12. At the same time, more than 110 thousand people died, and more than 412 thousand patients were cured.