Against Covid, new hope from a broad-spectrum antiviral

Against Covid, new hope from a broad-spectrum antiviral
Against Covid, new hope from a broad-spectrum antiviral
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PALERMO – A broad-spectrum antiviral that can become a valuable weapon to tackle Covid-19 but also new pandemics. It is the result of an international cooperation project that has among the protagonists the universities of Turin, Messina and Padua, which will work with the Karolinska Institutet and the University of Uppsala. The initiative was funded by NATO as part of VIPER, a cooperation and scientific research project between Italy and Sweden. “It is a project that allows us to develop a molecule, MEDS433, capable of blocking the replication of various viruses, first of all Sars-Cov-2 – explains Anna Piperno, professor of organic chemistry at the University of Messina -. University of Messina in this project collaborates with the University of Turin in formulating this molecule and making it administrable orally or parenterally. The Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, which is our partner, is involved in the research project. we will finalize the pre-clinical part of the project, because we will carry out tests on animals infected with Sars Cov-2 “. The project was funded with 300,000 euros by NATO, it started on 30 June and will last 27 months. “The mechanism of action of this molecule is not limited only to the Sars-Cov-2 virus but the genius of this intuition is precisely that of acting on the lowest common denominator of virus replication – underlines Mario La Rocca, general director of the Strategic Planning Department of the Department of Health of the Sicilian Region -. This research will lead, through a phase of experimentation also on humans, to a better health system capable of dealing with new and different pandemics “. – photo Agenziafotogramma.it -. sat / red 14-Sep-22 15:55


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