May 15, 2020

Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus could hold key to COVID-19

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

University of Alberta researchers are racing against the clock to test an antiviral drug that has been proven to cure a cat coronavirus and is hoped to have the same effect on people with COVID-19.

“Our lab has been working as fast as we can to get our results out,” said biochemist Joanne Lemieux. “We have not taken weekends, the days of the week have blurred. We’re all working non-stop to get results as fast as we can.”

The project is one of 11 at the U of A to receive funding from the federal government’s $52.6 million investment in COVID-19 research.

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