Coronavirus: UAE Claims Breakthrough In Covid-19 Treatment

Srinagar

A United Arab Emirates research institute has developed a coronavirus treatment using stem cells “which could be a game-changer in the global fight” against the outbreak, Director of UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hend Al Otaiba announced on Friday.

Director of UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hend Al Otaiba

The Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center has developed a treatment method that regenerates lung cells and prevents the immune system from overreacting, Hend Al Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a Twitter thread.

She said the treatment involves the extraction of stem cells from a patient’s own blood and reintroducing them into the lungs via inhalation of a mist.

“[This] could have a significant impact on our ability to live with the virus until a vaccine is available,” Al Otaiba added.

“The treatment has already successfully undergone an initial phase of clinical trials – with 73 patients making full recoveries without any adverse side effects. The recipients were moderately or severely ill before treatment, with many intubated in an ICU,” she tweeted.

“More trials are being conducted and we should have a clearer understanding of the treatment’s potential in the coming weeks, but it could have a significant impact on our ability to live with the virus until a vaccine is available,” she wrote on Twitter.

“The ADSCC effort is one of around 60 significant studies in the UAE aiming to produce COVID-19 treatments and improve testing, in line with the UAE Government’s determination to mobilize the country’s resources towards overcoming the virus,” Hend Al Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote on Twitter.

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