Pfizer reveals possible new coronavirus therapy
President Trump says Pfizer’s new possible coronavirus therapy treatment is a positive sign in the journey to eventually find a coronavirus cure.
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President Trump said Pfizer’s efforts to develop COVID-19 treatments have shown “encouraging signs.”
Pfizer has been working to develop an antiviral compound to treat the coronavirus as well as a vaccine to prevent infection and other therapies. The company announced Thursday that it would perform pre-clinical studies on its antiviral compound and that it was investing in preparation for a possible clinical study later this year.
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Trump, speaking at the White House during a coronavirus task force news conference, said it’s “a promising new treatment that might prevent the virus from replicating.”
“They have great feelings for this particular therapy,” he said.
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There are now 19 therapies and treatments being tested through the FDA’s coronavirus treatment acceleration program and another 26 in the “active planning” for clinical trials, according to the president.
“Trials for Gilead’s antiviral drug Remdesivir continue and the company has also expanded emergency use for new patients – getting good early results by the way,” he said.