CAPE TOWN – With the race to find the Coronavirus vaccine approaching the finishing line researchers are also looking for other ways to tackle Covid-19. An Australian biotech company Ena Respiratory has developed a nasal spray that has been able to treat Coronavirus infections and even prevent Covid-19 in labs.
A trial on humans is set to begin in less than four months, pending toxicity studies and regulatory approval. In a statement on Monday, Dr Christophe Demaison said that they have been amazed at just how effective the treatment has been.
“By boosting the natural immune response of the ferrets with our treatment, we’ve seen a rapid eradication of the virus. If humans respond in a similar way, the benefits of treatment are two-fold. Individuals exposed to the virus would most likely rapidly eliminate it, with the treatment ensuring that the disease does not progress beyond mild symptoms,” said Demaison.
In a study that has yet to be peer-reviewed, the team behind the research, which includes scientists at Public Health England, revealed how they administered INNA-051 into the noses of three groups of six ferrets, in various doses, while the fourth group of six ferrets was given a placebo. Ferrets are an important animal model for Covid-19.
Ena Respiratory is not the only Australian company looking to nasal sprays as a potential treatment for coronavirus. Starpharma released data showing that in a laboratory, the spray inactivated the virus and showed signs it provided an effect whether used before or after exposure to the virus.
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