A United Arab Emirates (UAE) research institute has developed a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19 which could be a game-changer in the global fight against the virus, the Director of Strategic Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi, Hend Al Otaiba, has revealed.
The Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center (ADSCC) has developed an innovative method which involves extracting stem cells from a patient’s blood and reintroducing them into the lungs via inhalation of a mist, regenerating lung cells and preventing the immune system from overreacting.
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.
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.
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.
As of May 1, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had been confirmed in around 210 countries or territories.
The virus had infected 3,308,874 people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totaled 234,133. The most severely affected countries include the U.S., Italy, and Spain.
More than 1,075,600 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 63,100 have died, according to a New York Times database. More than 1,000 additional deaths have been announced every day since April 2.
In italy, 205,463 cases have been reported, 27,967 deaths and 75,945 people are now recovering, according to worldometer.
In Spain 239,639 cases have been reported as of April 30, 2020. 24,543 people have been killed by the virus. 137,984 people are recovering.
According to updated data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at 11:50pm 30th April, 2020, the country has recorded 1,932 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 58 deaths, and 319 recoveries.