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Sanofi, Regeneron Expand Testing of Potential Coronavirus Treatment
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/927746

(Reuters) - Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc have expanded a clinical trial of their rheumatoid arthritis drug Kevzara as a coronavirus treatment to patients outside the United States. The companies said enrolments for the mid-to-late stage trial of Kevzara, an immune-system modifying drug known as a monoclonal antibody, have now started in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, C...

Sanofi, Regeneron Expand Testing of Potential Coronavirus Treatment
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927746

Mar 30th, 2020 - (Reuters) - Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc have expanded a clinical trial of their rheumatoid arthritis drug Kevzara as a coronavirus treatment to patients outside the United States. The companies said enrolments for the mid-to-late stage trial of Kevzara, an immune-system modifying drug known as a monoclonal antibody, have now started in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, C...

Gilead Working With China to Test Ebola Drug as New Coronavirus Treatment
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924655

(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Friday it provided its experimental Ebola therapy for use in a small number of patients with the coronavirus that has killed over 200 so far in China and is working with the country's authorities to set up a study. The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus epidemic a public health emergency of ...

With Castro-Era Biotech, Cuba Seeks to Compete in Coronavirus Treatment Race
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/930444

HAVANA (Reuters) — Communist-run Cuba, laboring under a six-decade U.S. embargo, is betting a biotech sector begun by late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro can give the Caribbean island an edge in a global race to find effective treatments for the new coronavirus. Cuba is especially touting an interferon it produces, a decades old antiviral agent that boosts immune system. The island na...

With Castro-Era Biotech, Cuba Seeks to Compete in Coronavirus Treatment Race
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930444

May 13th, 2020 - HAVANA (Reuters) — Communist-run Cuba, laboring under a six-decade U.S. embargo, is betting a biotech sector begun by late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro can give the Caribbean island an edge in a global race to find effective treatments for the new coronavirus. Cuba is especially touting an interferon it produces, a decades old antiviral agent that boosts immune system. The island na...

UK to Monitor Some Flights From China for Signs of Coronavirus
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924056

Jan 21st, 2020 - The UK announced it would start monitoring passengers flying direct from Wuhan in China to London Heathrow in a series of precautionary measures following an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Public Health England (PHE), said "enhanced monitoring" would be carried out on the three weekly direct flights. A port health...

Confusion and Lost Time: How Testing Woes Slowed China's Coronavirus Response
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924283

BEIJING (Reuters) - Yang Zhongyi was still waiting on Monday for a coronavirus test in the Chinese city of Wuhan two weeks after she started to show signs of a fever, even though doctors privately told her family that she almost certainly has been infected, her son Zhang Changchun told Reuters. Yang, 53, is just one of many Wuhan inhabitants finding it difficult to get tested or receive ...

Lack of Paid Sick Leave a Coronavirus Threat
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/926588

The lack of universal health care and sick time benefits may make Americans more vulnerable to the new coronavirus than they should be, a growing chorus of experts warns. Without paid sick leave, people may drag themselves to work when ill. And people without insurance may be discouraged from getting tested for the virus, and perhaps eventually, from treatment, if they worry about...

Australian Researchers Map Immune Response to Coronavirus
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/926949

By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian researchers said on Tuesday they have mapped the immune responses in a coronavirus patient with a non-severe case of COVID-19, findings the health minister said were an important step in developing a vaccine and treatment. The coronavirus has infected more than 168,000 people worldwide and killed at least 6,610, according to th...

Lack of Paid Sick Leave a Coronavirus Threat
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926588

Mar 9th, 2020 - The lack of universal health care and sick time benefits may make Americans more vulnerable to the new coronavirus than they should be, a growing chorus of experts warns. Without paid sick leave, people may drag themselves to work when ill. And people without insurance may be discouraged from getting tested for the virus, and perhaps eventually, from treatment, if they worry about...

Johnson & Johnson Says No Evidence HIV Drug Works Against Coronavirus
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926857

Mar 16th, 2020 - By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Monday said on Monday there is no evidence its HIV drug, Prezista, had any effect against the coronavirus, in response to reports that the drug could inhibit the virus. The company said it was aware that HIV treatments are being considered as options to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV...

Australian Researchers Map Immune Response to Coronavirus
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/926949

Mar 17th, 2020 - By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian researchers said on Tuesday they have mapped the immune responses in a coronavirus patient with a non-severe case of COVID-19, findings the health minister said were an important step in developing a vaccine and treatment. The coronavirus has infected more than 168,000 people worldwide and killed at least 6,610, according to th...

UK to Monitor Some Flights From China for Signs of Coronavirus
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924056

The UK announced it would start monitoring passengers flying direct from Wuhan in China to London Heathrow in a series of precautionary measures following an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Public Health England (PHE), said "enhanced monitoring" would be carried out on the three weekly direct flights. A port health...

Confusion and Lost Time: How Testing Woes Slowed China's Coronavirus Response
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924283

Jan 28th, 2020 - BEIJING (Reuters) - Yang Zhongyi was still waiting on Monday for a coronavirus test in the Chinese city of Wuhan two weeks after she started to show signs of a fever, even though doctors privately told her family that she almost certainly has been infected, her son Zhang Changchun told Reuters. Yang, 53, is just one of many Wuhan inhabitants finding it difficult to get tested or receive ...

In Russia, a Black Market for HIV Drug to Try on Coronavirus
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/928976

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists and the head of the drug's main Russian producer. More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a COVID-19 treatment or post-exposure prophy...

In Russia, a Black Market for HIV Drug to Try on Coronavirus
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/928976

Apr 20th, 2020 - MOSCOW (Reuters) - A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists and the head of the drug's main Russian producer. More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a COVID-19 treatment or post-exposure prophy...

Belgium Task Force on Supportive Care and Antiviral/Immunologic Treatment of Hospitalized Patients With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (2020)
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/928210

The Belgium Task Force released updated interim clinical guidance for adult Belgian patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 31, 2020.[1] This summary covers its recommendations for adjunctive antiviral/immunologic treatment and supportive care. Hospitalized Patients With Suspected COVID-19 Mild-to-moderate symptoms (no dyspnea), not in a r...

Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients?
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/928804

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As an Episcopal priest, Father Robert Pace of Fort Worth, TX, is used to putting others first and reaching out to help. So when the pulmonologist who helped him through his ordeal with COVID-19 asked if he would like to donate blood to help other patients, he did not hesitate. "I said, 'A...

Belgium Task Force on Supportive Care and Antiviral/Immunologic Treatment of Hospitalized Patients With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (2020)
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/928210

Apr 6th, 2020 - The Belgium Task Force released updated interim clinical guidance for adult Belgian patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 31, 2020.[1] This summary covers its recommendations for adjunctive antiviral/immunologic treatment and supportive care. Hospitalized Patients With Suspected COVID-19 Mild-to-moderate symptoms (no dyspnea), not in a r...

Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/928804

Apr 15th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As an Episcopal priest, Father Robert Pace of Fort Worth, TX, is used to putting others first and reaching out to help. So when the pulmonologist who helped him through his ordeal with COVID-19 asked if he would like to donate blood to help other patients, he did not hesitate. "I said, 'A...