No approved vaccines, drugs treat or prevent COVID-19 yet: US Food and Drug Administration

Doaa A.Moneim , Monday 9 Mar 2020

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asserted that there are currently no vaccines or drugs approved to treat or prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Although there are investigational COVID-19 vaccines and treatments under development, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development and have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness,” the FDA said in a statement. 

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products.

These products are unapproved drugs that pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law, according a statement issued on Monday.

The warning letters are the first to be issued by the FDA for unapproved products intended to prevent or treat the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The FDA considers the sale and promotion of fraudulent COVID-19 products to be a threat to public health. We have an aggressive surveillance programme that routinely monitors online sources for health fraud products, especially during a significant public health issue such as this one,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said.

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