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25 March 2020

SA tests drugs for Covid-19 treatment

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A number of existing drugs are being repurposed and tested for efficacy of the potential treatment for the coronavirus (Covid-19).

“Preliminary work on the development of vaccines has started with University of Cape Town (UCT), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Biovac. Progress is expected in over 18 months,” said Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande. Current trials happening internationally coordinated by the World Health Organisation are also being monitored.

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