International – WHO takes stock of global COVID-19 R&D progress

After global deaths caused by COVID-19 topped over half a million, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a virtual summit last week tracking the progress of COVID-19 research and development.

Researchers, developers and funders from across the globe attended the two half-day virtual summit on 1 and 2 July to examine the progress made so far in the development of effective health tools to improve the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of that effort, the group reviewed the most recent data from the WHO Solidarity Trial of four potential COVID-19 treatment options, as well as other completed and ongoing trials evaluating other treatments. That included detailed data on hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, remdesivir and dexamethasone.

The consensus reached by the group is that overall, more trials are needed to test antivirals, immunomodulatory drugs, anti-thrombotic and combination therapies at different stages of disease progression…