COVID-19: Scabies Drug is Being Considered for Coronavirus Vaccine

COVID-19: Scabies Drug is Being Considered for Coronavirus Vaccine
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A drug prescribed for scabies, Ivermectin is currently being considered as a vaccine for COVID-19 as it has shown strong capacity to stop Coronavirus in its tracks, according to a study.

Ivermectin which is is being used on the NHS and in the United States for parasitic infections but Australian researchers believe it could be useful against COVID-19.

Tests showed the drug reduced levels of the virus by 99.8 per cent within 48 hours and had been completely eliminated after three days, according to Daily Mail UK.

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It’s believed that the drug works by paralysing the SARS-CoV-2 virus and ‘overwhelming its nervous system’, preventing it from replicating.

Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Hospital believe Ivermectin may in turn reduce the severity of the life-threatening disease.

They are now urging for Ivermectin to be trialled on Coronavirus patients as experts continue the race against time to find a cure.

Ivermectin was discovered in the 1970s and has fast become an essential medicine for a vast number of parasitic infections such as head lice and scabies.

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It’s on the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.

In recent years, researchers have shown Ivermectin has anti-viral activity against a broad range of viruses.

Most of this research has only been ‘in vitro’ – cells in the laboratory – which has prompted calls for human trials.

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