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The Antiviral Drug to Help End COVID-19

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Being stuck in the house for around a month now, the Egyptian citizens let alone the entire globe is getting quite restless. All places that include any socializing are still shut down plus the curfew in Egypt has been extended for another two weeks to ensure safety.

Which is why, you would be happy to hear that Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has thankfully found a way to communicate with the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug that is claimed to be the cure against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Avigan, the Japanese drug, has been developed by the Fujifilm Holdings Corporation and has been stored in the country for a while now to treat influenza. It has been proved by reports that Avigan has shown quite effective when treating COVID-19 and fighting the respiratory disease specifically that has been caused by the virus.

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation has announced late last night that it will commence phase two of their clinical trials on patients suffering in the United States since their situation has gotten quite out of hands.

Not just that, but our minister has added that Egypt will be joining this scientific research in hopes of finding a medication to truly put an end to the this cruel pandemic.

The trial will admit 50 coronavirus infected patients in collaboration with the Women’s Hospital, Brigham, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 It was also stressed by Dr.Abdel Ghaffar that our President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has crucially instructed a follow up and constant collaboration on a day to day basis with the Japanese Pharmaceutical company to commence manufacturing Avigan in one of the Egyptian pharmaceutical companies located in the City of 10th of Ramadan.

The drug had already been tested on the Japanese citizens when Fujifilm had announced on March 31 the start of phase 3 of the clinical trial.

 

We would like to thank Japan for offering help to end the global pandemic by willing to provide at least 20 countries with Avigan for free. Not just that, but they will be providing the United Nations Office for Project Services $1 million grant to distribute as well as buy the drug.

 

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Flights May Resume in The Second Half of June

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According to what Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said on Sunday, Egypt is considering a ‘gradual resumption’ of international flights in the second half of June or first half of July.

Saad explained that the Cabinet is planning on having a crisis committee meeting next week to discuss the measures that need to be taken in light of the pandemic. The meeting will also go over the resumption of flights.

“The gradual resumption of flights might be during the second half of June or first half of next July,” he said.

He also added that a number of global carriers are indeed ready to carry on with flight to Egypt as of next July, especially that they “predict that Egypt is among states which will gradually open airspace.”

For the last period of time, airports have been working on implementing the necessary measures that shall be applied on board or at departure or arrival halls.

“Such measures have been implemented at a pilot level in domestic travel flights”, he said.

The Cabinet’s spokesman statements come few weeks after Egypt said a suspension of international flights at all Egyptian airports will continue “until further notice,” according to a decree by PM Mostafa Madbouly.

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Results From First Human Trial Raise Hopes For a Vaccine Against COVID-19

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A glimmer of hope sparked following the first results from human trials of a vaccine against the novel Coronavirus, after US firm’s study saw positive results in a group of eight volunteers.

The hopeful results showed that each one of the volunteers produced an antibody response on a par with that seen in people who have had the disease.

Even though the results from this first-stage trial doesn’t necessarily mean that the treatment will work, it is a sign of a breakthrough in a battle that shall hopefully come to an end soon.

This US study is run by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, it showed that all eight volunteers made neutralizing antibodies which were tested in human cells in the lab and stopped the virus from replicating.

The higher the vaccine dose, the more antibodies the volunteer produced.

This isn’t the first trial for a vaccine that should give you hope, as the US National Institutes of Health Moderna is also planning to start a mid-stage study soon and then begin a late-stage trial in July.

The company also hopes to have the vaccine ready by fall for emergency cases, a timeline with no precedent in the history of vaccine development.

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Why It’s A Bad Idea to Postpone the Olympics to 2022

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been the safest option to end up cancelling or even delaying worldwide events that were said to take place this 2020. We were told to practice and maintain social distancing as well as safety precautions in hopes of remaining safe from the novel virus.

One of the most important events that people were hoping to attend and watch live on TV is the “Olympics”. This 2020, the Olympics was going to take place in Tokyo this year since every year the Olympics is situated in a certain country. But now since the coronavirus pandemic has gone viral, it was best to momentarily postpone the event.

Since the virus sparked, it was decided that the Olympics will be postponed until July 2021 which is around a year from now. Today though, discussions are arising claiming that it is impossible and that they cannot delay the Olympics more than they already have.

The President of Tokyo, Yoshiro Mori, states that they won’t be able to postpone the games even more than they already have. Yes Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister, stated that it is best to start considering a two year postponement but he has officially decided that one year is the latest they could postpone the event.

According to specialists, it is said that the Coronavirus is to last at least another two years depending on each country and the situation of the virus then. Also, famous researchers are fearing that this is the Spanish Flu all over again.  If you guys are familiar with what happened back then, you would remember that the Spanish Flu lasted around two years.

In our opinion, the safest option is to keep cautious and maintain social distancing as well as precautionary measures for the next two years to be fully sure that we have beat the war against the COVID-19. Unless we’re lucky and someone finds an ultimate cure or antiviral, its best to be safe rather than sorry.

Unfortunately the Japanese organizers are under heavy pressure from both sports associations and athletes due to the year-long postponement, so imagine having to tell them that they’ve decided to postpone it for yet another extra year than what they have previously agreed upon.

“Also thinking about athletes and issues over Games management, it is technically difficult to delay it by two years,” Mori was quoted as saying.

A well informed professor refuted saying: “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out but for the time being let us remain optimistic.

 

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