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Nasal spray that 'stops coronavirus' could be in shops by summer after being developed in Birmingham

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 26/01/2021 James Rodger

A nasal spray that is reported to stop Covid infections for two days may be in shops by the summer of 2021.

The University of Birmingham has developed a nasal spray which it says "protects against coronavirus and prevents transmission".

Researchers say the spray protects against COVID-19 and can also prevent the virus being passed from person to person.

Dr Richard Moakes, from the University of Birmingham, says his formula could help bring the UK out of crippling lockdown restrictions.

Dr Moakes told the Telegraph : “As an over the shelf product, we have spoken to companies with a presence on the high street as we think they could distribute it effectively.


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“Based on the product, it will be much quicker to get to the user than a novel drug.

a woman in a blue shirt: A woman gets a nasal swab at a corona test center © Marius Becker/dpa via AP A woman gets a nasal swab at a corona test center

“I am confident that the formulation can make an impact. Our goal is to make an impact as soon as possible, we would really like to see this happen by summer.”

They believe using the spray four times a day would be enough for general protection, and that it is safe to be applied every 20 minutes if in a high-risk, densely populated environment such as schools.

Co-author Dr Richard Moakes said: "This spray is made from readily available products that are already being used in food products and medicines, and we purposely built these conditions into our design process. It means that, with the right partners, we could start mass production within weeks.

"Products like these don't replace existing measures such as mask wearing and handwashing, which will continue to be vital to preventing the spread of the virus.

"What this spray will do, however, is add a second layer of protection to prevent and slow virus transmission."

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