By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 30, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients – in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened in the U.S. and Europe.
The U.S. government said it is working to make the antiviral medication Remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible. “What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert. “This will be the standard of care.”
Remdesivir was created and developed by Gilead Sciences, under the direction of scientist Tomas Cihlar, as a treatment for Ebola Virus disease and Marbug virus infections. Gilead Sciences subsequently discovered that remdesivir had antiviral activity in vitro against multiple filoviruese, Pneumovirus, paramyxoviruses, and #coronaviruses.
It is a nucleotide analog, specifically an adenosine analogue, which inserts into viral RNA chains, causing their premature termination. Remdesivir was originally developed to treat Ebola virus disease.