Taiwanese team replicates remdesivir antiviral drug in 14 days

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's leading academic institution on Thursday (Feb. 20) announced that a team of scientists working around the clock had within two weeks managed to replicate the ...

Taiwan hopeful about self-producing COVID-19 treatment remdesivir

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) said Thursday (Feb. 20) that researchers have successfully recreated small compounds of antiviral treatment remdesi...

Autopsies reveal differences between SARS and coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first autopsies of victims from the Wuhan virus (COVID-19) have demonstrated significant differences from those who died of the SARS epidemic, according to Chinese pul...

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal w...

Chinese company reproduces components of remdesivir in suspected violation of patent right

TAIPE (Taiwan News) — A Chinese biopharmaceutical company has successfully developed the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used for the formulation of the American antiviral drug remdesiv...

Taiwan sticks with 'Wuhan' for name of COVID-19 coronavirus despite WHO change

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After the World Health Organization (WHO) changed the official name of the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to COVID-19, the Taiwanese authorities said Wednesday (Feb. 12) th...

Expert says new virus basically a ‘bad cold’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — There’s no vaccine on the immediate horizon for the new virus 2019-nCoV but there’s no need to panic because the world is “going to get basically a very ...

Taiwan likely to join next WHO meeting 'online'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) may allow Taiwan to participate in its next international forum centered on fighting the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), but only in an ...

Death rate in Wuhan climbs to 4.9%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a rare admission of the severity of the situation on the ground, a health official on Wednesday (Feb. 5) announced the mortality rate in Wuhan has reached 4.9 percent, ...

Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in t...

Taiwan scientist leads research on anti-coronavirus medication remdesivir

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Centers of Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday (Feb. 6) the country is actively seeking to import remdesivir, an experimental drug believed to have the potent...

Saudi Arabia bars citizens, residents from travel to China

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday barred its citizens and residents of the kingdom from traveling to China amid the new virus outbreak. The kingdom's Genera...

Tencent may have accidentally leaked real data on Wuhan virus deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As many experts question the veracity of China's statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Tencent over the weekend appeared to inadvertently release what is pote...

Experts prepare but new China virus not a pandemic yet

Health authorities are preparing for a possible pandemic as they work to contain a respiratory illness in China that's caused by a new virus. Governments are limiting travel, isolating sick people and...

How well new China virus spreads is focus of control efforts

Scientists are starting to fill in some key gaps in what's known about the new virus from China. New research suggests it spreads a little easier than regular flu but not as well as some other respira...