While no coronavirus vaccine has received approval as of yet, companies from across the globe have joined the search. Some companies such as Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have made headlines due to their progress in the research. Johnson & Johnson expects a corona vaccine to be approved by 2021, while AstraZeneca has signed a deal to supply up to 400 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, closer home, Patanjali Ayurveda has said that they have found an Ayurveda cure for coronavirus.
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CEO of Patanjali Ayurveda Acharya Balkrishna said that the company has developed an Ayurveda medicine that has cured coronavirus patients within a span of five to 14 days. Balkrishna said that the trial was conducted on hundreds of patients and that the medicine has yielded "100 per cent favourable results".
"We appointed a team of scientists after the Covid-19 outbreak. First, the simulation was done and compounds were identified which can fight the virus and stop its spread in the body. Then, we conducted a clinical case study on hundreds of positive patients and we have got 100 per cent favourable results," said Balkrishna.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has included the use of antiviral drug Remdesivir as part of its investigational therapy for restricted emergency use. "As is the case with other anti-virals, this drug should be used as early in the disease course as possible to achieve any meaningful effect and should be avoided in patients with severe disease," the document read, further adding, "Use of these drugs is subjected to limited availability in the country as of now. Currently, these drugs should only be used in a defined subgroup of patients."
The report added that clinical trials were conducted in Indore and in Jaipur after Patanjali secured the regulator’s approval last week.
He said COVID-19 patients who were given the Ayurvedic medicine recovered in 5-14 days and they also tested negative for the virus.
“So, we can say the cure for COVID is possible through Ayurveda. We are performing controlled clinical trials only. In the next few days, evidence and data will be released by us," he said.
Balkrishna also recommended that people should practice Yoga, and keep oneself healthy through proper diet to boost the immune system.