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China Stages Clinical Trial Blitz in Search of Coronavirus Cure

Feb. 12, 2020, 9:00 PM

China is rushing a flurry of patient studies to identify the most effective life-saving treatments for people sickened by the novel coronavirus.

Some 77 clinical trials targeting the pneumonia-causing virus have been registered in China since Jan. 23, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The disease, known as Covid-19, has infected at least 45,000 people, killingmore than 1,110 mostly in China since it emerged in the city of Wuhan in late 2019 and spread to two dozen countries.

A worker disinfects outside common areas at an office building in Beijing on Feb. 10.
Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The trials range from the high-profile study of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s experimental antiviral drug remdesivir and AbbVie Inc....



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