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WHO confirms three new drugs for COVID-19 clinical trials

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Wednesday that three new drugs are undergoing clinical trials in a bid to find effective treatments for COVID-19.

The WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who disclosed this at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, listed the drugs as Artesunate, Imatinib and Infliximab.

The drugs, according to him, will be tested on COVID-19 patients in 52 countries across the world under the Solidarity PLUS programme.

The WHO chief revealed that there are 203 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world.

Solidarity PLUS is the largest global collaboration among the WHO’s 194 Member States with thousands of researchers in over 600 hospitals across the world participating.

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Artesunate is a drug for the treatment of severe malaria, Imatinib is used for certain cancers, including leukemia while Infliximab is a remedy for Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases of the immune system.

Ghebreyesus said: “We already have many tools to prevent, test, and treat COVID-19, including oxygen, dexamethasone, and IL-6 blockers.

“But we need more for patients at all ends of the clinical spectrum from mild to severe disease. And we need health workers that are trained to use them in a safe environment.

“The three drugs were selected by an independent panel for their potential in reducing the risk of death in people hospitalised for COVID-19. They are already being used to treat other conditions.”

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