Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus also works against SARS-CoV-2: U of A researchers

Biochemist Joanne Lemieux worked with three other U of A researchers on a new study showing that a drug that cures deadly peritonitis in cats also works well enough against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to fast-track it into human clinical trials. (Photo: Supplied)

Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus also works against SARS-CoV-2: U of A researchers

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Fast-tracked research leads to phase 1 clinical trials.

Researchers at the University of Alberta are preparing to launch clinical trials of a drug used to cure a deadly disease caused by a coronavirus in cats that they expect will also be effective as a treatment for humans against COVID-19.

“In just two months, our results have shown that the drug is effective at inhibiting viral replication in cells with SARS-CoV-2,” said Joanne Lemieux, a professor of biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry....

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