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U of A researchers discover new way remdesivir acts against virus that causes COVID-19

University of Alberta researchers have discovered an additional mechanism by which antiviral drug remdesivir helps counter COVID-19 infections. The team had previously established that remdesivir can inhibit the virus from self-replicating, but U of A researchers have found that the drug’s other mechanism may stop or delay the virus from spreading within the body. Generally, antivirals only work in one specific way. Remdesivir has received conditional approval for use in Canada on patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. It has been shown to speed up recovery times in COVID-19 patients.

Published: September 25, 2020


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