Vietnamese scientists will test the effectiveness and safety of using HIV/AIDS medication to treat those infected with the novel coronavirus (nCov).
|Vietnamese scientists are studying treatment for nCov-infected patients. Photo: VNN|
The scientific project approved on Monday by Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh under the recommendation of the Ministry of Health will test the drugs lopinavir and ritonavir.
The project will be carried out by the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, HCM City’s Hospital of Tropical Diseases, HCM City Pasteur Institute, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and the Pharmacovigilance Centre.
Lopinavir and ritonavir are antiretroviral drugs used as medication to treat HIV/AIDS.
The scientists will evaluate the clinical and sub-clinical effectiveness, virological response and safety of lopinavir and ritonavir combination treatment for nCoV-infected patients based on the Health Ministry’s background treatment regimen.
The evaluation would be completed within 12 months.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Science and Technolgy also approved a list of three urgent tasks for preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
The tasks included manufacturing three kinds of test kits of classifying and diagnosing nCoV infections within a month.
The Military Medical University and Việt Á Technology Stock Company were assigned to study and manufacture test kits to detect the virus.
Researching and producing a rapid detection system to screen for nCoV was carried out by Phu Sa Biochemistry Company, HCM City’s Pasteur Institute, and Can Tho Province’s Scientific and Technological Application Centre.
The HCM City’s Pasteur Institute was designated to study epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the nCoV-caused acute respiratory infections in Vietnam. – VNS
Vietnam is stepping measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed more than 130 people since it was first detected in China’s Wuhan Province.
The Ministry of Health will hold an urgent meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss measures to prevent the pneumonia outbreak after the country reported first two novel coronavirus infection cases.