Efforts to develop at-home pills to tackle Covid-19 could be hindered by ‘poor’ development of antiviral drugs

Scientists have warned of the challenges involved in developing drugs that can be taken by people at home to treat their early Covid infections, writtes Samuel Lovett

Sunday 09 May 2021 23:20

The development of antiviral drugs that could be used to tackle Covid-19 has been “really poor” and could hinder efforts to find an “at home” treatment, the head of the world’s largest coronavirus clinical trial has warned.

Professor Peter Horby, who set up the UK’s recovery trial and is a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said more investment is needed to produce medicine capable of treating those infected.

To date, clinicians have largely relied on repurposed medicine – such as dexamethasone and tocilizumab – to treat the overactive immune responses triggered by Covid infection that can lead to hospitalisation.

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