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Endgame Covid-19: The cure for coronavirus may not be that far

WHO has given a 6-point strategy on lifting the restrictions and speeding up testing for several countries.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2020, 09.59 AM IST
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Even as India has crossed over 13,000 cases this week, it has also seen a record number of recoveries.
While several countries have extended the lockdowns, the World Health Organization (WHO) has given a six-point strategy on lifting the restrictions and speeding up testing. It has been over four months since the world was informed of the Sars-Cov2 virus. Even as India has crossed over 13,000 cases this week, it has also seen a record number of recoveries. Another positive development comes in the form of new treatment options for the pandemic that are showing some promise. ET reports on the updates in tackling Covid-19 in India and beyond that shaped this week:

Convalescent Plasma Therapy Takes Off In India
The treatment involves blood transfusion from a patient who has recovered from Covid-19. Hospitals in New Delhi and Mumbai have used this therapy to treat severely ill patients, which has aided their recovery. Maharashtra has approached the ICMR to officially start clinical trials. If shown to be effective, the therapy can be a breather for severely ill patients until a vaccine hits the market.

Research By The Council For Scientific And Industrial Research (CSIR)
CSIR is researching on activated vaccine development such as RNA vaccines and recombinant DNA vaccines, said Lav Agrawal, joint secretary in the health ministry. CSIR is also working towards synthesising the drug Favipiravir that is currently under trial in Japan.

A Bioweapon Or Effects Of 5G? 7 Conspiracy Theories Around Coronavirus That Will Shock You

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The Biggest Humanitarian Crisis

29 Mar, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has brought the world to a halt. With over 471,794 positive cases and 21,297 deaths, COVID-19 outbreak has caused global panic. Italy, Iran, US happen to be the worst hit countries in addition to China, which is the epicentre of the outbreak.As the phrase goes, the ‘streets are talking’ and rumour mills are running overtime. Several sceptics and tin foil hat bearers have been speculating and there are plenty of coronavirus conspiracy theories doing the rounds on the Internet.Here are some of the most spine-chilling, eerie and scary conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19.
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Gilead’s Remdesivir Shows Promise In New Trial
The experimental drug from US drug maker Gilead showed “significant” improvement in critically ill patients of Covid-19, while also shortening their recovery times, according to trial results published by University of Chicago.

South Korea Joins The Vaccine Race
The International Vaccine Institute, a non-profit organisation based in South Korea, the Korean National Institute of Health and US vaccine maker Inovio have received a grant of $6.9 million for trials of the company’s vaccines. This will be done in two phases in South Korea. This vaccine was one of three shortlisted by WHO, which had crossed the pre-clinical phase. Seoul has also said that vaccines to combat the pandemic will be given fast track approvals.

GSK, Sanofi Tie Up For A ‘Mega’ JV
Two of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers came together this week to announce a joint venture for vaccine development. The trial is expected to start in second half of 2020 with a likely public launch in 2021 if drug regulators approve it.

The War Against Coronavirus: Pichai, Jack Ma, Ambani & Other Top Bosses Show The Way

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Ma’s The Word

25 Mar, 2020
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries. And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.
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