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Research drug blocks multiple coronavirus variants in mice

Date: 02 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


Researchers have identified a new drug variety that has been successful in tackling multiple variants of coronavirus.



  • The drug is named diABZI and was able to prevent severe COVID-19 in mice that had been infected with the SARS CoV-2.

  • Further studies have shown that the diABZI drug can treat multiple respiratory coronaviruses.

  • diABZI is a form of molecule STING agonist that has not yet been approved for treatment but is used experimentally in treating some cancers.

  • The drug was administered into mice through nasal delivery as it has to reach the lungs to be effective in treatment.

  • The drug was able stimulate cytokine production and reduce viral load significantly. These all showed its ability to reduce infection.