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US Coronavirus is 'very contagious' but 'we'll get past this epidemic,' top pharma CEO says

17:05  14 february  2020
17:05  14 february  2020 Source:   cnbc.com

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AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot told CNBC he could not say the coronavirus epidemic was totally controlled yet. This effort should have an impact over time and that 's why we believe that we ' ll get past this epidemic ." Coronavirus 'a lot more contagious than flu,' AstraZeneca CEO says .

Astrazeneca CEO Pascal Soriot says the coronavirus epidemic in China is "not controlled yet," but tells CNBC he is hopeful Chinese authorities will have it contained within a few months.

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  • Speaking to CNBC's Julianna Tatelbaum Friday, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said the virus, formally named COVID-19, was a highly contagious infection.
  • In its full-year guidance for 2020, AstraZeneca said it had assumed "an unfavourable impact from China lasting up to a few months as a result of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak."

The new strain of coronavirus that has created a deadly epidemic in China is "a lot more contagious" than the flu, a top pharma CEO told CNBC.

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The new coronavirus is highly transmissible and will be difficult to squelch. It is harder for public health officials to track a rapidly moving epidemic . Scientists often describe these epidemics as a sort of iceberg — their girth and true shape hidden below the surface.

This past week, Dr. Zhang started a social media campaign with an urgent call to simplify screening for the new coronavirus . It was an unusually public effort that quickly found support among public health experts and the government as China grapples with one of the deadliest epidemics in its recent history.

Speaking to CNBC's Julianna Tatelbaum Friday, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said the virus, formally named COVID-19, was a highly contagious infection.

"What we have all learned is that the virus leads to a lower mortality than the flu virus, but it's a lot more contagious, the virus is very contagious," he said. "I will not say it's totally controlled yet, but I'm hoping that over the next few months that we will see it get under control."

At least 19 million people across the U.S. have been infected this flu season, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has resulted in 10,000 deaths and 180,000 hospitalizations.

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Despite the high contagion rate of COVID-19, Soriot told CNBC he was optimistic that Chinese authorities would be able to contain the virus, noting that "we got past" the outbreak of H1N1 — also known as swine flu — around a decade ago.

"The Chinese government has really swung a lot of resources, a lot of effort at controlling the disease as much as they can in the country, there's been a lot of work already to control travel, to stop people from spreading the disease," he explained.

"In the Hubei region Wuhan is really controlled. This effort should have an impact over time and that's why we believe that we'll get past this epidemic."

In its full-year guidance for 2020, AstraZeneca said it had assumed "an unfavourable impact from China lasting up to a few months as a result of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak."

"Depending on the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, total revenue is expected to increase by a high single-digit to a low double-digit percentage and core EPS is expected to increase by a mid to high-teens percentage," the pharma giant said in its earnings report on Friday, noting that it would provide an update with its first-quarter results for this year.

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The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the Scientists do not yet know how lethal the new coronavirus is , however, so there is uncertainty “It is therefore likely that it will spread, as flu and other organisms do, but we still don’t know how far, wide

Researchers have already warned that COVID-19 may be more contagious than current data shows.

At the end of January, the WHO estimated that the R naught of the virus was between 1.4 and 2.5. An R naught, or R0, rating of 1 means the average person infected with the virus will spread it to one other person.

An outbreak is expected to continue if a disease is given an R naught value higher than 1 during an event like the epidemic currently occurring in China.

Research published last month estimated the R naught for COVID-19 was around 2.2, meaning each patient will infect at least two people — that would make the coronavirus more infectious than seasonal flu.

Meanwhile, a research team at Lancaster University in England suggested in January that the coronavirus may have an R naught of 3.1, while Chinese scientists said it could be even higher.

"We estimated the mean R0 ranging from 3.30 to 5.47," they said in a paper published last month.

Race to develop a vaccine

Researchers across the globe are racing to develop a vaccine for the new strain of coronavirus, formally named COVID-19, which has been declared a "grave threat" by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has so far infected over 60,000 people globally.

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Several pharmaceutical firms, including Vir Biotechnology, Moderna and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, have suggested they are working on a vaccine for the virus, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan on December 31.

Despite the global effort to develop a vaccine, medical experts have warned it could take a while for one to be cleared for public use.

The new strain of coronavirus produces mild cold symptoms in about 80% of patients, a WHO official told reporters Monday. Around 15% of those who contracted COVID-19 ended up with pneumonia, while 3% to 5% of all patients needed intensive care, she said.

China's National Health Commission on Friday reported an additional 121 deaths and 5,090 new cases of COVID-19 across the mainland for February 13.

Authorities in Hubei province, which is at the epicenter of the crisis in China, said Friday that 51,986 people in the region had been infected with the coronavirus so far.

— CNBC's Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and Jessica Bursztynsky contributed to this article.

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