COVID-19: Pharmaceutical company announces that medicine for the disease is ready

The Spanish pharmaceutical company PharmaMar has reported that all the results obtained through in vitro examinations for its clinical study of the drug Aplidin (possible drug for the coronavirus) have been positive.

According to the research group, the potency that Aplidin has shown in its effectiveness is a nanomolar order. So it is possible that this will help reverse the symptoms that the coronavirus.

Medication use

This type of medication is frequently used for the treatment of Hematological Cancer, being approved in several countries, such as Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand and South Korea.

Most of the studies carried out for this medicine have been carried out at the National Center for Biotechnology of the Superior Center for Scientific Research. There, several experts have devoted themselves to seeing the effectiveness of the medicine against the disease.

Among the results obtained, it has been possible to verify a hypothesis in which it is proposed that the therapeutic target of this antitumor drug called Aplidin. This has had a key response for the multiplication and spread of the virus itself.

The protein that causes this situation is known as EF1A, essential for the virus to expand within the human body.


This process is known as nucleoprotein, where the virus manages to become visible and also manages to reproduce, finally spreading through the cells of the body. The role it would fulfill Aplidin it would be to hijack the virus, forming a resistance (stable complex) that would cause the virus to be unable to spread and be viable in the body.

Human testing?

Thanks to these results, the PharmaMar pharmacist will carry out all the subsequent steps in order to contact the health authorities. Thus begin to carry out tests on human patients infected with the disease, to check how they behave.

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What does the coronavirus epidemic mean for your travel plans?


February 24, 2020 10:04:58 pm

Every day, new cases of coronavirus are reported all over the world and, consequently, travel tips are constantly reviewed and updated by the authorities.

Key points:

  • Australians are advised not to travel to China or, if in China, to leave as soon as possible
  • Be very careful if you travel to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia or Thailand
  • Numerous cases of coronavirus exist in Italy and Singapore, but only normal caution is advised

COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), but what does this mean for your travel plans?

Places you can’t go

Smart Traveler advised people not to travel Mainland China because of the outbreak.

“If you are currently in China, leave as soon as possible by commercial means,” advises Smart Traveler.

“Monitor your health carefully and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Travelers are also advised to expect further travel restrictions and interruptions as other countries take measures to control the spread of the virus.

Many countries do not allow entry to people who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days. This includes road trips through Mongolia.

Cross Border transportation between Mainland China and Hong Kong it is also limited and anyone entering through Hong Kong will be quarantined for 14 days.

Where to exercise a high degree of caution

If you are traveling to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia or Thailand, you need to pay close attention and monitor your health carefully.

This is due to the increased risk of “sustained local transmission” of the virus.

“The risk of COVID-19 in these countries is currently thought to be low compared to mainland China,” says Smart Traveler.

In South Korea, people are advised to reconsider the trip to Daegu and Cheongdo.

Expect an increase in projections in these countries.

In Thailand, you will be quarantined if you have symptoms.

Indonesia is temporarily denying entry and transit to foreign nationals who have been to mainland China for the past 14 days.

Indonesia will also stop all direct flights to and from mainland China.

No travel ban but high number of cases

Italy currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the mainland Europe but there are no travel warnings at this stage.

Travelers are advised to take normal safety precautions.

Despite this, the authorities canceled the rest of the Venice Carnival.

The Italian authorities have also introduced measures to limit the use of public spaces and limit travel in some parts of northern Italy.

While Singapore has a higher number of coronavirus cases than in Hong Kong, there is no additional advice beyond normal safety precautions.

Visit for more information on current alerts and recommendations.



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