72 COVID-19 therapeutics trial underway, 211 in planning stages, says US FDA Commissioner

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the coronavirus on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Top Trump administration health official has said that as many as 72 trials of therapeutics are underway and 211 in the planning stages to find a cure for coronavirus. This includes convalescent plasma as well as antiviral therapies, he added.

Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen M Hahn told reporters at a White House news conference yesterday that the work was underway on finding a vaccine for the coronavirus and the FDA had authorised two firms on vaccine trials.

To date, the FDA has issued 44 individual emergency use authorisations for test kit manufacturers and laboratories.