In a major breakthrough towards finding a solution to the coronavirus pandemic that shook the world, a team of Australian researchers say they’ve found a cure for the novel coronavirus which includes Chloroquine.
University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson said they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes.
According to the researchers, the first drug is a medication used to suppress HIV, while the other is an anti-malaria treatment known as chloroquine.
Professor David Paterson said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in ‘disappearance of the virus’ and complete recovery from the infection.
Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs ‘a treatment or a cure’.
“It’s a potentially effective treatment. Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy. The first wave of Chinese patients we had (in Australia), they all did very, very well when they were treated with the HIV drug,’
‘What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we’re going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs,’ Professor Paterson said.
Around 170,000 people across the globe have now been infected with the coronavirus and over 6,500 have died.
After China managed to get a handle on its sudden outbreak other countries were blindsided by huge epidemics – almost 25,000 people have caught it in Italy, around 14,000 in Iran, 8,000 in Spain and more than 5,000 apiece in Germany and France.