Contagion Live News Network: Is Favipiravir an Option Against COVID-19?
MAY 18, 2020 | GRANT M. GALLAGHER
Hello and thank you for joining Contagion. I’m assistant editor Grant Gallagher, here with a review of our coverage on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Today’s trending story is the release of positive preliminary results from Moderna’s vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2. Early indicators of safety and immune response led to cautious optimism from clinicians and a rally in the stock market.
Today we shared an interview with Dr. Armand Balboni, CEO of Appili Therapeutics.
The biotechnology company has announced that it is working with FUJIFILM Toyama Chemical on its favipiravir treatment, which is approved in Japan as an antiviral, on a new front for the drug — the global search for a pandemic treatment that can both prevent and combat COVID-19
Appili Therapeutics will sponsor a clinical trial, phase 2, evaluating favipiravir for the prevention of COVID-19.
Dr. Balboni worked with the drug when he was with the US department of defense and with the FDA during the pandemic flu and Ebola outbreaks. We discuss the drug itself and the challenges involved in navigating market incentives for mid-sized pharmaceutical entities.
In another interview, I sat down with Dr. Miriam Isola. Dr. Isola is an expert in the application of social health technologies and discussed plans around the world to roll out contact tracing apps for COVID-19. We discussed ways to address various privacy concerns and the need to make such measures voluntary.
For more on these stories and other infectious disease news, visit contagionlive.com.
To stay informed on the latest in infectious disease news and developments, please sign upfor our weekly newsletter.
Is there a cure? How long until we find it? And will it work for the majority of people living with HIV?
Contagion® is a fully integrated news resource covering all areas of infectious disease. Through our website, quarterly journal, email newsletters, social media outlets, and Outbreak Monitor we provide practitioners and specialists with disease-specific information designed to improve patient outcomes and assist with the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Our mission is to assure that the healthcare community and public have the knowledge to make more informed choices and have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
2 Clarke Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512