Old antivirals to be investigated for treating COVID-19

A UK project is looking at repurposing 138 existing antivirals to find effective combinations

UK researchers are planning to assess almost 140 antiviral drugs to find combinations that are effective against SARS-CoV-2.

The project team from three universities wants to repurpose existing therapies to treat COVID-19 in an attempt to sidestep lengthy development processes through readily available drugs.

Using a "data-driven approach" they will initially screen 138 drugs with known antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 to identify potent combinations, the university said in a statement on Friday.