Is COVID-19 still concerning?

Is COVID-19still concerning?

Should we still be concerned about COVID-19? In short, yes.

The World Health Organisation has stated “COVID-19 still represents a global health threat.”(4)

Even though reporting requirements for various countries has been relaxed, COVID remains a major cause of illness and death worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US reported about 35,000 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 across the USA in the week beginning January 6, 2024. This directly resulted in 2,000 deaths. At the same time in 2023 there were about 44,000 hospitalisations.

These dynamics are also reflected in many other countries including Australia. We also run the risk globally of having far more virulent strains appear. With vaccine hesitancy growing and the public interest level in existing antiviral agents waning, we at Topelia would like to help reduce the illness and death caused by COVID-19 by treating eligible people who fall ill.

And we believe that COVID-19 is just our starting point. As the mechanism by which our TPL101 therapy produces its potent antiviral effect is conserved across as range of viruses, we plan to examine the efficacy of TPL101 against other coronaviruses such as Avian influenza, as well as Flavivirdae including Dengue, Zika and Yellow Fever.