Here’s hoping Big Pharma come up quickly with something to beat Covid-19

Stuff’s  headline   ran “Vaccine  hopes  push sharemarket   higher”.

An  intriguing  one,  and sure  enough  Wall St had  rallied  on  news  the   drug  giant  Johnson & Johnson had   reported it  expects to begin human clinical tests  on a  vaccine  candidate  for  Covid-19  by  September.

Point  of Order  went in search  of  other  international  developments  being reported in the battle against  the Covid-19 pandemic.

In  the  UK,  the BBC reported  a breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week.  University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already used in hospitals but are in short supply. China and Italy used them to help Covid-19 patients.

The  BBC   said  40 of the new devices have been delivered to ULCH and to three other London hospitals. If trials go well, up  to 1,000 of the CPAP machines can be produced per day by Mercedes-AMG-HPP, beginning in a week’.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK has already given its approval for their use. Continue reading “Here’s hoping Big Pharma come up quickly with something to beat Covid-19”