Since Friday, Department of Health unable or unwilling to say whether it was using Interferon Alfa-2b or had taken any steps to procure it. Now Raab says he has been talking to Cuba only ‘in recent days’
As reported on Tuesday, the SKWAWKBOX had sent repeated enquiries to the Department of Health over a period of days, asking whether a Cuban drug used by China in its dramatic reduction of the death rate of the COVID-19 coronavirus was being used to treat patients in the UK – and if not, what steps the government was taking to obtain it.
Interferon Alfa-2b is part of a treatment regime that has seen China reduce coronavirus mortality to just 0.4%. It works by disrupting a virus’s replication inside cells, preventing the complications that can kill sufferers and reducing the need for intensive care unit treatment – and the drug is already licensed for use in the UK.
The Department of Health spokespeople the SKWAWKBOX talked to had not heard of the drug – and days later, there had still been no response.
But yesterday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs that the government was now ‘intensively’ collaborating with the Cuban government – but only ‘in recent days’:
The Tories have known for weeks that the virus was going to hit the UK – and its virulent spread and deadly effects have been well-known for even longer.
So why have they only started talking to the Cuban government ‘in recent days’ – and why did the Department of Health appear to be unaware of a key part of China’s successful treatment regime?
Assuming, of course, they’ve actually started doing so and are not just talking about the cruise ship with infected passengers that Cuba has allowed to land – the Department of Health is still not answering…
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