New drugs and traditional medicine to beat COVID-19 in Russia

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Universities and research institutes around the world have joined a frantic race to find a remedy for the coronavirus that has so far claimed more than 70,000 lives across the globe.

Investigators from Russia have not been left out. In particular, scientists at the Ural Federal University developed the drug Triazide that kills strains of RNA-like viruses, such as the new coronavirus. The drug created in collaboration with the Isaac Postovski Institute for Organic Synthesis has already completed the first phase of clinical trials in healthy volunteers.

The team also developed the antiviral Triazavirin that is currently being tested in China.

Kazan Federal University is working on a vaccine with a digital copy of the virus. The researchers assure that they require about two months to synthesize the vaccine with genetic material, another month to verify that it works in a cell culture, two more months for tests in mice and only after completing the necessary tests will it be available to the public.

Faced with the high demand for the masks, a group of scientists from the Immanuel Kant University in Kaliningrad found a way to increase the level of protection of these articles by coating them with a thin layer of silver ions. A metal appreciated for its bactericidal properties and antiviral effect. In the coming days, the team will send a batch of the new product called Silvermask to a center in Novosibirsk for antiviral testing.

Traditional medicine

Biologists at the University of Tomsk, located in Siberia, in turn, study the antiviral properties of isatide, also known as pastel grass or glasto. The root of this traditional Chinese medicine plant was used during severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China in 2003.

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The researchers recommend mixing isatide, with small yellow flowers, with other herbs. The institution’s Botanical Garden announced that it could produce the shrub, 60 to 80 cm high, in industrial quantities in the Siberian fields.

The plant grows in China and is also cultivated in western and southern Europe.

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