Desperate for a cure for the new coronavirus spreading quickly across the country, Chinese families are flocking online to seek experimental remedies that might be effective against the virus, despite government warnings that no proven treatment has been found.
Among the most sought-after drugs is Kaletra, an antiretroviral for HIV made by U.S. pharmaceutical giant AbbVie Inc. that blocks the enzymes some viruses need to replicate.
Relatives of Chen Ruoping joined a scramble for the drug, known in Mandarin as Kelizhi, after the 57-year-old developed a fever and was diagnosed with a lung infection last month. Mr. Chen, who lives at the epicenter of the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was turned away at overrun hospitals that had run out of diagnostic kits for the coronavirus, pushing his son online for help.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday reported the largest single-day rise in new cases and said it was seeking $675 million in funding to help countries strengthen their public-health capacities to prevent the virus’s spread. The outbreak has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than 560, most of them in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.
The U.S. on Wednesday evacuated hundreds more Americans from Wuhan, with two planes arriving at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Two more planes with passengers from Wuhan are expected in the U.S. on Thursday. Article continue …………
Article abstracted from WSJ Feb 5, 2020,
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