Airlangga University boasts of world’s ‘first COVID-19 cure’, but experts urge caution

first_imgBut Maksum Radji, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Pharmacy, has urged the public to contain their optimism until an official report on the remedies’ efficacy is released.“The result of the clinical trials has yet to be published in any scientific journals, so it’s difficult to assess the efficacy and risks inherent in the use of the three combinations of medicines,” he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.He added that such combinations of medications were not the first of their kind in the world, nor were they new inventions, citing similar developments in several other countries and pointing out that the three combinations had been included on the list of potential COVID-19 remedies currently undergoing clinical trials initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside remdesivir and interferon beta.“Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine […] are known to have triggered heart abnormalities in certain patients,” Maksum said.This is not the first time a state institution has claimed to have found a cure for COVID-19. In May, the Agriculture Ministry said it had developed eucalyptus-based coronavirus treatments, including an “antivirus necklace”, before backtracking on the claims last month, following widespread public criticism.Topics : He said three combinations of medications — lopinavir/ritonavir and azithromycin, lopinavir/ritonavir and doxycycline and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin — had already undergone clinical trials.  “After we combined [different medicines], the rate of recovery [among test subjects] increased sharply. Certain combinations even reached 98 percent efficacy,” Nasih said.Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa, who was also at the press conference, said that he would meet with the head of the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) next week to officially request an accelerated approval process for the medications.Read also: Preventing misleading claim of COVID-19 cure Airlangga Universitry rector Muhammad Nasih has touted the potential coronavirus remedies the university is currently developing in collaboration with several state departments as “the first COVID-19 cure” in the world.Nasih said that the ongoing research and development – which is being conducted in partnership with the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and the Indonesian Army – aimed to produce new, effective combinations of existing medicines to ameliorate the symptoms of COVID-19.“Of course, it will result in a new remedy that is expected to be the first COVID-19 cure in the world,” he told a press conference at the Indonesian Army headquarters in Jakarta on Saturday as quoted by tempo.co.last_img read more

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Stirling effort in Ireland win

first_img Stirling thumped four fours and two sixes in his 52 off 36 balls, while fellow opener and captain Will Porterfield contributed 33 as Ireland posted a total of 166 for five after being put into bat. That proved too high for Namibia and despite Raymond van Schoor’s unbeaten 48, they could only muster 134 for seven at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. An impressive half-century from Paul Stirling helped Ireland make a winning start to their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign as they overcame Namibia by 34 runs in Abu Dhabi. Press Associationcenter_img Alex Cusack was the pick of Ireland’s bowlers with two for 22, while there were also wickets for Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien and Max Sorensen. Ireland, who won this qualifying tournament in 2012, are among the favourites to book their place in next year’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with six countries still to qualify for the expanded 16-team tournament. last_img read more

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Dia Mirza visits Japan says JapanSurpises

first_imgJapan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) held a press conference at St. Regis Mumbai on February 11, inviting Bollywood star Dia Mirza to share her recent experience of visiting Japan. Aimed at improving friendly ties between India and Japan, the press conference began with a keynote address by Kenichi Takano, Executive Director, JNTO India. Speaking at the event, Takano commented, “I hope many of the Indian tourists will visit Japan after watching our special TV programme.”Takano’s address was followed by Ryoji Noda, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai gracing the podium. The Consul-General stated, “The recent visit to Japan by Dia Mirza, one of the most popular and famous actresses’ in Bollywood surely has a very explosive impact to promote people to people exchange, cultural interactions and also tourism ties between Japan and India.”Dia Mirza, Producer, Born Free Entertainment and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador shared a heartfelt account of her experiences in Japan, noting, “Japan is tranquil, magical, adventurous and oh so beautiful! The people, the place and the food make it the perfect destination for a vacation. A country that helps you make everlasting memories and a culture that nourishes your soul.”She also showcased a short film on her travels in Japan, exploring everything from the nation’s natural beauty to its rich culture and history. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido were some of the places on her itinerary.The press conference was sponsored by All Nippon Airways India and attended by Yasuo Taki, Country Manager, ANA India along with Kenichi Takano and Ryoji Noda. A photo opportunity with Dia Mirza, Kenichi Takano and Ryoji Noda concluded the evening.last_img read more

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