Vice President Mike Pence announced that drugs to treat people infected with the new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may be available this summer.
“Vaccines may come later in the year or early next year, but treatments to reduce the disease for people with coronavirus may come in the summer or early autumn,” said Vice President Mike. Pence announced at a press conference on March 2.
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He also stressed that the risk from Covid-19 for the American people was still low, although Washington state announced another 4 deaths on 2/3. The total number of deaths from coronavirus infection in the US has reached 6.
“We know there will be more new infections. We are currently focusing on reducing the rate of infection and treating people who already have the disease,” Mr. Pence said.
Vice President Pence is leading the coronavirus response (Covid-19) in the United States. According to an update on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) portal, the total number of SARS-CoV-2 positive cases in the country was 43 cases, of which 17 were hospitalized.
There are 10 states across the country that have contracted cases, most of which are located on the US West Coast. In addition, the US has 48 cases of being evacuated citizens returning from Wuhan and Diamond Princess.
Gilead’s remdesivir has been clinically tested to treat a patient in the United States. Intravenous (IV) antiviral drugs are also being clinically tested in Asia, according to AFP.
One of the remarkable treatments being developed by Regeneron is the use of monoclonal antibodies to fight viral infections. This is also a treatment strategy that has shown effectiveness for people infected with the Ebola virus.
According to CBS , many experts fear the actual number of infections in the United States is higher than the number of patients the health authorities have detected. The disease may have infected the community in the past few weeks.