Avigan – is there finally an effective drug to fight Ebola?Epidemic - From 20 to 26 February
Is medical research on the verge of its first victory against Eboba? While the number of infections rose again in January in Africa (nearly 9,000 people have died since December 2013), a new antiviral showed very positive results in Guinea. Developed by Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale – national institute of health and medical research) and a subsidiary of the Japanese company Fugifilm, Avigan uses a molecule called favipiravir, originally developed to fight certain severe forms of influenza. Tested with 80 patients, the drug has resulted in better resistance to the virus, accelerated healing and fewer deaths. If these promising results are confirmed on a larger scale, Avigan could become the first really effective treatment against the Ebola virus.