This new drug might stop the novel coronavirus from replicating

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  • Pfizer has a promising drug in development that targets the novel coronavirus’s ability to replicate.
  • The new drug could help save patients experiencing mild-to-moderate COVID-19 cases, but extensive human testing is still needed.
  • The pharmaceutical giant is also working on adapting additional drugs for severe COVID-19 cases, as well as four distinct vaccine candidates for the new disease.
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The novel coronavirus tuned out the be a much bigger problem than some governments had anticipated. Nearly 1.6 million people have been infected by COVID-19 so far, and almost 100,000 patients died fighting it as of Friday morning. These numbers will worsen in the coming weeks. As more cases are detected, more at-risk patients will develop complications and die. But things are improving in various countries, as social distancing measures are starting to work.

The main problem with the new virus is that there’s no therapy for it, though plenty of potential cures are already in testing around the world. Some have shown promise in limited tests but need further scientific data. Others are vaccines that might eradicate the disease, but they need to pass through proper regulatory hoops that verify their efficacy and safety. Pharmaceutical company Phizer already has a promising new drug against coronavirus, and it’s adapting other existing medicines for COVID-19. On top of that, the company is working on four different vaccines and said it’ll provide assistance with manufacturing others if outside companies’ vaccines turn out to be better choices against the coronavirus, and if they need additional manufacturing capacity.

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