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Using a global network of adaptive clinical trials to fight Covid-19

Friday, July 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Andy Plump and David Reese

https://www.statnews.com, 7/23/20

 

Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 can circle the globe with astonishing speed by taking advantage of human networks. The global medical research community couldn’t immediately contain it because it had no comparable network for defense — but we are moving quickly to create one. Employing adaptive clinical trials will help.

 

The initial response to Covid-19, driven by the best intentions, was to stand up more than 1,000 clinical studies. Many were small, uncontrolled, and unlikely to yield reliable information. This is one reason vaccines and definitive cures continue to elude us.

 

Even so, researchers have scored some remarkable wins. Less than a month after the first Covid-19 cases surfaced in late December, a research team sequenced the virus. Since then, other teams have identified cellular proteins that bind to it, shared data in open-access journals, and kicked off at least two dozen credible Phase 3 trials for vaccines, antivirals, and other treatments.

 

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