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"to help patients who are infected. One such antiviral is remdesivir, which is an investigational agent Gilead Sciences Inc., has been studying to treat the Ebola virus.
Mark R. Denison, who’s been working on antivirals for SARS and MERS and animal coronaviruses, said in an email that remdesivir stops the virus by blocking an enzyme it needs to replicate. Viruses have trouble developing resistance to remdesivir, resulting in a weaker virus, he said.
The replication protein in the latest coronavirus outbreak “is highly similar to that of SARS-[coronavirus] so we predict it would be inhibited by [remdesivir],” Denison, director of infectious disease at Vanderbilt University medical school, said in an email."