While America has many of the leading infectious disease experts, Australia may be the country that gets the nod for coming up with a cure for coronavirus.
On Monday, Australian news site news.com.au reported that David Paterson, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director, believes Australian researchers may have discovered the cure for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Patterson, researchers have had great results with two different medications. The first is Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and the second is HIV-suppressing combination lopinavir/ritonavir.
Paterson stated it was very reasonable to call this a possible “treatment or cure” based on the results they have seen so far.
In addition to being a professor at the University, he is also employed as a doctor at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
There, Patterson stated they have already treated coronavirus patients with the HIV drug combination with the treatment resulting in the “disappearance of the virus” completely in those patients.
Patterson told news.com.au, “That first wave of Chinese patients we had (in Australia), they all did very, very well when they were treated with the HIV drug. That’s reassuring … that we’re onto something really good here.”
Ready to move forward
While the United States seems to have more stringent regulations in place to bring a vaccine and anti-viral treatment to the market, Australia already seems ready to go.
Patterson stated they are very anxious to start human testing immediately and have targeted 50 hospitals as a base for the experiment.
They will break out treatments of each drug on its own as well as a combination of the drugs to ensure there are no side effects and that it will work on a much larger scale.
Here in the United States, our medical experts have stated we may not have a specific treatment for several months, and that we are probably 12 to 18 months away from an actual vaccine.
However — and this is only speculation — if Australia has a successful trial, we may be looking at a much shorter timeline, due to the fact that the drugs that are being experimented with are already in production for their original applications.