Coronavirus: Drug trials could end lockdown before a vaccine

Coronavirus drug trials that finish next month could see lockdown fully lifted by mid-summer as scientists investigate more than 120 options More than 120 drugs are being investigated as a treatment for coronavirus These could provide quicker route out of the crisis than waiting for a vaccine Scientists at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital raised hopes around new drugs A moderately effective drug would transform the profile of the pandemic  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:01 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 00:07 BST, 2 May 2020

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The results of key drug trials out next month could see the lockdown fully lifted by mid-summer, leading doctors believe.

More than 120 drugs are being investigated as a treatment for coronavirus.

These could provide a much quicker route out of the crisis than waiting for a vaccine, a paper published today claims.

The authors, from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said if any of the drugs are even moderately effective it would transform the profile of the pandemic and the way politicians tackle the virus.

The results of key drug trials out next month could see the lockdown fully lifted by mid-summer, leading doctors believe

The results of key drug trials out next month could see the lockdown fully lifted by mid-summer, leading doctors believe

Major UK trials of versions of Ebola drug remdesivir, arthritis medication tocilizumab and HIV antiretroviral lopinavir-ritonavir are all expected to produce definitive results in the coming weeks.

It comes as the Chelsea and Westminster team last night announced a 450-person coronavirus study of flu drug favipiravir and antimalarial hydroxychloroquine.

The paper – by Dr Michael Pelly, HIV specialist Professor Anton Pozniak and international finance consultant Guy de Selliers – sets out a three-phase plan for a return to normality. 

This would see the lockdown lifted far quicker than Government advisers envisage.

The authors propose that with hospital admissions falling, the easing of restrictions could begin in two weeks. 

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