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Researchers At UC Irvine Will Test Ebola Drug As Part Of Coronavirus Clinical Trial

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Everybody is hoping for a miracle drug to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the infectious novel coronavirus.

Now, researchers at UC Irvine have a shot at helping to find it.

As part of a national clinical trial, the Orange County team of medical scientists are authorized to use the anti-viral drug remdesivir — once developed to treat the Ebola virus — on certain COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UCI Medical Center in Orange. The study’s goal, over an unspecified period of time, will be to determine the drug’s effectiveness against a disease that has already killed more than 11,000 people.

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