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Israel’s promising ‘precision’ COVID drug starting trial in Greece next week

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Israel’s “precision medicine” for COVID-19, which tackles the immune overreaction that causes deterioration from the disease, will start a second round of clinical trials in Greece next week.

The testing comes with interest in coronavirus drugs sky-high, amid spiraling cases in several countries where widespread vaccine protection isn’t expected anytime soon, including India, where there are more than 300,000 new cases per day, and Nepal, where hospitals are struggling.

The inhaled drug EXO-CD24 was given to 30 patients in moderate condition or worse, and all of them recovered, 29 of them within three to five days. In February Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center revealed that it had invented and started testing the drug, calling it a “huge breakthrough.” It has since been subjected to further testing in vitro and on animals in Israel, and has performed well.

Another small human trial is planned for Israel but the main trials are moving........

© The Times of Israel

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