Coronavirus has severely affected the whole world. Moreover, the virus has badly affected global trade. The major powers, including the USA, China, Germany, Australia, and many others are scrambling to find a cure and vaccine to it. Amid this race, the US president ordered the FDA for the rapid development of the cure to the virus.
Donald Trump said at present a medication used as an antimalarial — hydroxychloroquine — would be produced almost instantly to tackle coronavirus.
Trump talked about coronavirus and drugs related to the virus at the White House. “It’s been around for a long time so we know if things don’t go as planned it’s not going to kill anybody,” Trump said.
“We have to remove every barrier or a lot of barriers that were unnecessary and they’ve done that to get the rapid deployment of safe, effective treatments and we think we have some good answers,” he said.
Stephen Hahn Commissioner FDA
Commissioner Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Stephen Hahn responded to President Trump’s remarks. He said: “The FDA is committed to continuing to provide regulatory flexibility and guidance, but let me make one thing clear: the FDA’s responsibility to the American people is to ensure that products are safe and effective.”
Furthermore, Stephen Hahn said the FDA is increasing its work concerning possible therapeutic choices.
“We need to make sure that this sea of new treatments — we’ll get the right drug to the right patient at the right dosage at the right time.”
Besides, he said, FDA is examining drugs that are “already approved for other indications.”
“That’s a drug that the President has directed us to take a closer look at as to whether an expanded use approach to that could be done and to actually see if that benefits patients. And again, we want to do that in the setting of a clinical trial, a large, pragmatic clinical trial to actually gather that information,” Hahn said.
Hahn also described the method of convalescent plasma. The method is about separating the blood from those who have outlasted the coronavirus and have the accurate immunoglobulins. A combination of that could heal people affected by COVID19.
Furthermore, He said, “over the next couple of weeks, we’ll have more information that we’re really pushing hard to try to accelerate… and that will be a bridge to other therapies that will take us three to six months to develop. And this is a continuous process — there is no beginning and end.”
Moreover, he also stated there is a vaccine trial going on which could take “12 months.”
Is Chloroquine effective against coronavirus?
Early data from human cells implies that chloroquine — a drug for malaria and autoimmune diseases — may have some action against COVID19. Besides, doctors in the US, China, and other nations have used the drug provisionally in corona patients; however, there is not yet adequate clinical proof that it’s useful in humans.
Furthermore, the drug usually thought to be safe for most sufferers; nevertheless, it can have slight side effects, such as seizures, nausea, vision changes, vomiting, deafness low blood pressure.
As per Dr. Janet Diaz of the World Health Organization, “there is no proof that that is an effective treatment at this time. We recommend that therapeutics be tested under ethically approved clinical trials to show efficacy and safety.”
Major world powers, Like China and the US, have already started humans trials of the vaccine. Israel has also found a major breakthrough in the making of the vaccine. Besides, China has successfully defeated coronavirus. Now China is toiling hard to get certain drugs an vaccines to cure the pandemic.