In the race of researchers around the world to find a cure for the emerging corona virus, a study of the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Australian Monash, that Ivermectin has achieved promising results in the fight against the virus inside the laboratory.
The Australian News 7 news site reported that the study on Ivermectin, which is an anti-parasitic drug, is available all over the world, and concluded that the drug has the ability to kill the Corona virus within 48 hours in laboratories, and one dose of it can stop the virus About growth within cells.
"We have found that a single dose can basically remove all viral RNA (effective removal of all the genetic material of the virus) within 48 hours," said Dr. Kylie Wagstaff, as the "Al-Hurra" website quoted 7 News.
While it is not known how the drug works against the virus, it has shown an ability to stop the virus from weakening the host cells.
The site said that the next step for scientists is to determine the correct human dose, to ensure that the level used in the laboratory is safe for humans.
"In times when we face a global pandemic and there is no approved treatment, if we have a compound already available all over the world, it might help people soon," added Wagstaff.
The study is a joint work of the Monash Institute of Biomedicine and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunology, and its findings are published in the journal Antiviral Research.