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Indonesia's Potential for Elucidating New Therapeutic Treatments for COVID-19
Safendrri Ragamustari, Endang Sukara

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Abstract

Many therapeutic strategies have been devised to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the
the development of new treatments from the assets and policy interventions that can be implemented.
Unfortunately, the current strategies are either not yet available, or have not convincingly and unequivocally shown the desired efficacy needed to combat the pandemic. The identification of active compounds in plant-derived medicines can lead to new antivirals in the future, which makes plant biodiversity an indispensable resource. 

 

Countries that have high biodiversity such as Indonesia can play an important role in the elucidation and development of new plant-derived medicines and antivirals. In this article, we highlight the potential of Indonesia’s assets such as its plant diversity and a strong history of utilizing traditional medicines to fight the current pandemic. We also introduce possible roadmaps for the development of new treatments from the assets and policy interventions that can be implemented. 

Keywords

COVID-19, Indonesia, Therapeutic treatment

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