Scientists all over the world are in a hurry to find an antidote for respiratory illness COVID-19 that has killed thousands of people and infected many more. Many medicines and drugs are being used to treat patients as there is no definite information about the cure of coronavirus. The pandemic has not yet reached its height and we are still struggling to find the exact origin of the virus, let alone finding a vaccine for it.

Microscopic illustration of the spreading 2019 corona virus that was discovered in Wuhan, China. The image is an artisic but scientific interpretation, with all relevant surface details of this particular virus in place, including Spike Glycoproteins, Hemagglutinin-esterase, E- and M-Proteins and Envelope.

China on their way to make a vaccine for Coronavirus

Global Times, China’s national English language newspaper, under People’s Daily, reported that Chinese scientists have developed a new weapon to combat the coronavirus. They say they have found a nanomaterial that can absorb and deactivate the virus with 96.5-99.9% efficiency. However, not much is known about this scientific investigation.

People on Twitter were not very happy to get this news. They brutally blamed China for spreading the virus and now pretending to be a savior.

Let us look at some of the Twitter comments under Global Times’ recent report:

NIH on use of Nanotechnology to treat COVID patients

According to the United States NIH, “Nanotechnology can be used to design pharmaceuticals that can target specific organs or cells in the body such as cancer cells, and enhance the effectiveness of COVID-19 therapy”.

However, while engineered nanomaterials provide great benefits, “We know very little about potential effects on human health and the environment. Even well-known materials, such as silver, for example, may pose a hazard when engineered to nano size”, according to NIH.

Interferon Alpha to prevent virus replication

Interferon Alpha, a drug developed by Cuba in its Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, is being used to treat patients with this respiratory illness. This drug earlier was used to treat HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis B and C , Dengue and various other viral infections. Although it will not cure the illness but it is really helpful in preventing virus replication.

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Chinese authorities found this drug very beneficial in their effort to curb the spread of this disease in Wuhan.

Johnson & Johnson develops a lead candidate vaccine for COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson, a leading US based healthcare company, announced on Monday that they have developed a leading candidate vaccine for COVID-19 that will be used on humans by September and would be ready for use early next year.

“We had several vaccine candidates which we tested in animals in order to choose the best one, that took 12 weeks, from January 15 to today,” said Paul Stoffels, the company’s chief scientific officer. The stocks of the company increased rapidly despite mentioning the fact that the vaccine would be available on a non-profit basis.

Apart from this, the US pharmaceutical Moderna and China’s CanSinoBIO have already moved into human trials for its vaccine candidates.

The vaccine, mRNA-1273, developed by Moderna in collaboration with NIH was for the first time used on a patient at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.

Moderna said it “continues to prepare for rapid acceleration of its manufacturing capabilities that could allow for the future manufacture of millions of doses should mRNA-1273 prove to be safe and effective”.

A researcher works on the development of a vaccine against the new coronavirus COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. – The Ministry of Health convened The Technological Vaccine Center of the Federal University of Minas Gerais laboratory to conduct research on the coronavirus COVID-19 in order to diagnose, test and develop a vaccine. (Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO / AFP) (Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP via Getty Images)

Various other companies like Codagenix and Serum Institute of India; Ahmedabad based Zydus Cadila; Pfizer and BioNTech; and The Australia-based Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) and German influenza vaccine specialist Seqirus are also working to develop COVID-19 vaccine.

WHO launches a mega global trial with four promising drugs

WHO launched a mega global trial with four promising drugs to treat the patients with this illness. It includes:

  • Remdesivir, which was also used for treatment of Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus infections;
  • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, also used for curing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Malaria and Lupus;
  • Combination of two HIV drugs, lopinavir and ritonavir and that same duo of drugs
  • And lopinavir and ritonavir plus interferon-beta, an immune system messenger that cripples the virus and reduces inflammation.

“It will be important to get answers quickly, to try to find out what works and what doesn’t work. We think that randomized evidence is the best way to do that”, said Ana Maria Henao Restrepo of World Health Organization.

Thus, not much is known about the treatment of this novel respiratory illness. However, China claims that it has found the vaccine for the disease and after adequate scientific testing and experimentation, it will further disclose more information on this topic. Meanwhile, scientists in Europe and America are also running many researches simultaneously to find a cure as soon as possible.

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Sources: The Global Times, Business Insider India and Sciencemag

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  1. The Chaiwala Tea Seller PM of India has found the solution to COVID.The man was born to doom Hindoosthan and the Hindoos and world.dindooohindoo

    His solution is to switch off the lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm and light candles,torches and cell phone lights – the sign of impending and inevitable doom.

    His aim is to plunge the Indians into the darkness of the shit hole – in which they are already resident.The Darkness of death in a morgue
    or a grave.

    The Indian PM’s mother was and is a dishwasher.

    I week earlier he asked Indians to beat utensils in public on the roads

    Another Indian Genius is using Cow Piss on a large scale

    When Babar was at the doors of Hindoosthan – Hindoos were praying to Shiva and sacrifcing goats,bulls and temple prostitutes.Rest is History

    I really worry about the US and EU health systems and the Indians working in it

    1300 years ago, a man called Beruni made a prophetcic statement on the worth of the Indian race

    The words of Beruni are prophetic,in this regard.

    – The Hindus believe that there is no country but theirs, no nation like theirs, no kings like theirs, no religion like theirs, no science like theirs.
    – They are haughty, foolishly vain, self-conceited, and stolid.
    – They are by nature niggardly in communicating that which they know, and they take the greatest possible care to withhold it from men of another caste among their own people,still much more, of course, from any foreigner

  2. Like I said,in my post,as above

    The Hindoos still think they are the best in the world ! dindooohindoo

    A nation of 1.2 billion,is doing 20,000 tests in ONE DAY !

    ONE DAY !

    These are the normal tests and NOT the rapid tests !

    The clowns still do not have the rapid test kits !

    A nation of 1.2 billion should do 1,00,000 tests a day ! The Indian PM has allowed the diversion of the kits to the USA

    Net Result – Millions of Indians with antibodies – have had the antibodies exited and infected millions more – of which there
    is no record,and no quarantine !

    Even if the antibodies are detected – it is now,too late – as the carriers would have infected millions,by now

    In addition,an “assumed immunity” is no guarantee of re-currence,and is a certain fatal extermination.It is a certainty with the Indians.

    It is all the Disaster of the Chaiwala. Numbers manipulation.Indians cannot do creative and innovative maths.

    They are only good to clean toilets.

    The Chaiwala is trying to keep the numbers low – by not testing,and also, by testing “normal clowns” – to keep the infection
    ratio at half the world norm.All nations have the same ratio – just a pure chance ! Creative Maths !

    Like Demo – this will also blow up !

    The infection ratios and numbers will keep rising.

    It is a complete destruction – and permanent.

    Within 30 days – food riots and looting will start and the military will be on the streets – and will fail.Military on the streets,
    is the time for PRC and Pakistan to strike. If Pakistan falls to COVID – even economically, they will take down Hindooossthan !

    And the Biggest Disaster – Ramadan – Will “Indian” Muslims rely on Allah or the Chaiwala or the rented Muslims working for
    the Chaiwala ?

    Industry = Doomed
    Banking = Doomed
    Mudra = Completely Doomed
    Agriculture = will also be doomed – as there will no labour and logistics across the supply chain.

    Will the Indian Dindoo Muslims and other minorities resurrect their insurrection – in the anarchy – Post COVID ?


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