An UAE research institute has developed a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19 which could be a game-changer in the global fight against the virus, according to Hend Al Otaiba, Director of strategic communications at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
The Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center (ADSCC) has developed an innovative method which involves extracting stem cells from a patient’s blood and reintroducing them into the lungs via inhalation of a mist, regenerating lung cells and preventing the immune system from overreacting, Hend Al Otaiba tweeted this morning.
“The treatment has already successfully undergone an initial phase of clinical trials – with 73 patients making full recoveries without any adverse side effects. The recipients were moderately or severely ill before treatment, with many intubated in an ICU ” she added.
More trials are being conducted and we should have a clearer understanding of the treatment’s potential in the coming weeks, but it could have a significant impact on our ability to live with the virus until a vaccine is available.The ADSCC effort is one of around 60 significant studies in the UAE aiming to produce COVID-19 treatments and improve testing, in line with the UAE Government’s determination to mobilize the country’s resources towards overcoming the virus, she concluded in series of 5 tweets.
The UK’s University of Oxford team racing to find a coronavirus vaccine say it hopes to get an early idea of whether it works on humans in mid-June.
Human trials of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 began in Oxford on April 23, following successful tests on rhesus macaque monkeys in late March.
“We hope to get some signal about whether it’s working by the middle of June,” John Bell, a regius professor of medicine at the university, told BBC Radio on Thursday.