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UK scientists look to repurpose existing antiviral drugs for COVID

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British researchers are looking to repurpose existing anti-viral therapies to treat COVID-19 as part of a small project, the University of Oxford said on Friday, as they seek to fill a gap in the development of these type of therapies to tackle the coronavirus .

Scientists will initially screen 138 drugs with known antiviral activity against the COVID-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus to study and identify combinations which would boost their potential, the university said in a statement https://www.ox.ac.uk/ news/2022-02-04-research-collaboration-launched-focus-repurposing-existing-anti-viral-therapies.

The rapid spread of the Omicron has also forced researchers to find options that work against the variant which has led to a spike in cases worldwide. (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)