Shocking! Study Says Pangolins Smuggled Into China Harbinger of Coronavirus Pandemic

James Marshall
March 27, 2020

However, the scientists, including those from Wuhan University in China, said no drug or vaccine has been officially approved due to the absence of adequate evidence.

They said the sale of pangolins in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future virus transmission to humans.

"Cell entry is the first step of cross-species transmission".

In a massive development in the battle against Coronavirus, Indian scientists on Thursday have revealed a microscopic image of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID19). Meanwhile, an unrelated study compared the sequence of the spike protein - a key protein responsible for getting the virus into mammalian cells - of the new coronavirus to that of HIV-1, noting unexpected similarities.

As such, the researchers are calling for pangolins, bats and other mammals and potentially birds to be banned from wet markets.

They said the drug gets incorporated into nascent viral RNA, where it prevents RNA synthesis, and in turn, further viral replication.

Understanding where SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic - came from and how it spreads is important for its control and treatment. The findings, however, aren't concrete, as all detected strains were missing a sequential adjustment that has been observed in the human SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

Also Read | No need to wait for 24 hours! The synthetic small molecule is used in some countries, including Russian Federation and neighbours, to treat several viruses, including acute respiratory viral infection, influenza and hepatitis. Although the authors withdrew this preprint manuscript after scientific criticism, it spawned rumors and conspiracy theories that the new coronavirus could have been engineered in a lab. Yang Zhang and colleagues wanted to conduct a more careful and complete analysis of SARS-CoV-2 DNA and protein sequences to resolve these issues. This has primarily been used for patients in critical condition as it has a lack of high quality randomised clinical trial data to back up its efficacy.

AN worldwide team, including scientists of Indian origin, has identified 69 drugs and experimental compounds which may be effective in treating COVID-19.

The review cited more than 15 vaccine candidates being developed globally, with various approaches to their design.

"Among these options, we suppose the therapeutic drugs that directly target SARS-CoV-2 will be most effective".

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