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Coronavirus: Three drugs tried, cure far from being identified-Experts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Scientists are considering using the discontinued malaria drug Chloroquine, HIV drug Lopinavir and the Ebola drug Remdesivir among the treatments for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, a researcher and Executive Director of the Uganda Virus Research Center told journalists that while the effectiveness …

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UVRI to conduct new HIV vaccine trial in May

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute will in May conduct a new HIV vaccine trial. Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu the Executive director of Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), says that the participants will be given Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to guard them against possible infection during …

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Halted HIV vaccine trials were not a waste of time-UVRI

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | The Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI Dr Pontiano Kaleebu has allayed fears that the HIV vaccine trials which were halted early this week in South Africa were not a waste of time. On Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases …

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PAC orders Uganda Virus Research Institute to evict retired staff

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Public Accounts Committee has ordered the Uganda Virus Research Institute – UVRI to evict retired staff from its staff quarters. Nandala Mafabi, the committee’s chairperson made the directive after the UVRI director Pontiano Kaleebu and his delegation appeared to respond to audit queries …

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USAID boosts Ebola fight with UGX 5.5 billion

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has boosted Uganda’s Ebola efforts with a donation of 5.5 Billion shillings. The committed funds will be spent in supporting the Ministry of Health conduct surveillance at its border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Patricia Rader, …

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UVRI demands funding for research

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI has asked the government to fund research activities. UVRI carries out research on communicable diseases in man and animals, with emphasis on viral transmitted infections. The institute also hosts the regional laboratory for tests on severe infections. Steven Balinandi, …

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Uganda to start Ebola vaccine trials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is set to carry out phase two human trials for the Ebola vaccine. The trials are expected to start in July. The trial is going to use the Janssen Ebola Vaccine that was developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Company.  Phase I and …

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UVRI to start rift valley human vaccine trials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is set to conduct phase one trials of the Rift Valley Fever human vaccine. The trials are expected to start next month. The trial will use an improved version of ChAdOx1-GnGc-a vaccine currently only used by animals to treat RVF …

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