Approximately 8,000 Romanian patients infected with the novel coronavirus could benefit from an experimental antiviral treatment for COVID-19 as announced by Romania’s AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals tema, which plans to offer the Ministry of Health about 4,000 packages of this drug that is already in use in China and have provided results in many cases.
Currently, this antiviral drug is used in the treatment of people with HIV. The drugs will be distributed to the 10 first-line hospitals designated for patient care, according to the Ministry of Health’s Plan. The ten (10) hospitals are: Matei Balş National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Victor Babeş Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases Bucharest, Braşov Infectious Diseases Hospital, Babujev Hospital of Infectious Diseases and Cluj Naples Infectious Diseases, Prefecture Hospital for Infectious Diseases Tg. Mureş, Emergency Hospital St. Ioan cel Nou Suceava, Victor Babes Timişoara Infectious Diseases and Pneumophysiology Hospital.
In addition, the Terapia plant in Cluj could produce, within two months from now, the chloroquine and azithromycin-based drug proposed by the French epidemiologist Didier Raoult, provided that the National Medicines Agency gives the green light to bring the drug into the Romanian market. According to the plant manager, the raw material used to manufacture the drug, that is, chloroquine, is cheap because it costs only $ 25 per kilogram; this amount is considered sufficient to make 4,000 250-milligram tablets.
Updates in the list of countries with statutory quarantine and self-isolation in force
The list of countries in the “red zone”, which require a 14-day statutory quarantine, was updated and published today on Wednesday on the National Institute of Public Health‘s (INSP) website. According to the updated list, the countries considered as “red zones” are: Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Iran. Therefore, Romanian citizens returning from these countries will be placed by law in isolation for 14 days. As for the “yellow zones”, which require home isolation for 14 days, the INSP states that all persons arriving from abroad will be subject to this provision. /ibna