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Exploring the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine against COVID-19

Posted on March 18th, 2020 by

With the continued fatal spread of COVID-19 and no cure at hand, Chinese doctors are looking to pharmaceutical drugs and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) alike to explore possibilities for treatment as well as prevention. According to Nature, traditional therapies are included among the many clinical trials that are running or pending in China right now. But there is concern that rigorous standards need to be set, to ensure the trial results can be trusted.

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Approaches for creating a COVID-19 vaccine

Posted on March 16th, 2020 by

Before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, no one had ever heard of the causative agent 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2). There were no approved antivirals or vaccines for this virus or for any related coronaviruses (e.g., severe acute respiratory syndrome–associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) or Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus).

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Three drug development strategies to combat 2019 novel coronavirus

Posted on February 28th, 2020 by

Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has rapidly spread from its starting point in Wuhan, China. As of February 23, 2020, a total of 32 countries and territories have reported 78,811 cases (98% in China) and 2462 deaths [1]. The international scientific community is in a race against time. Researchers across the globe are collaborating to develop antivirals and vaccines to contain the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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3 issues global pharmas should consider as the coronavirus outbreak continues

Posted on February 26th, 2020 by

It has been more than four weeks since the Wuhan lockdown on January 23. As the crisis unfolded, spring festival national holidays were extended (and extended again), and finally people are now gradually going back to work—though some cities, towns and villages are still taking strict measures to prevent the virus spreading further.

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