Covid-19 (Diabetes)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th September 2020.

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Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

The First Minister will be well aware that people with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying from Covid-19, with one in three of all coronavirus hospital deaths associated with the condition. Will the First Minister join me in welcoming the United Kingdom ARCADIA trial, in which pre-clinical research has suggested that the glucokinase activator could aid those with diabetes who contract Covid-19?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Yes, I warmly welcome that, and I wish that research and that trial every success. The member is right to raise concerns around people with diabetes and the specific risk factor that appears to be presented, as well as highlighting the good work that is being done to tackle that.

I take this opportunity to praise scientists, experts and clinicians across the country, who are trying to develop the scientific solutions to Covid. I am hugely optimistic that, in time, science will provide us with a way out of this, through better treatments and, ultimately—hopefully—a vaccine. We have some of the best people working on it, and Scotland is more than playing its part. We have some of the best brains in the world working on it, here in Scotland and in the UK, and they deserve our full support. While they are doing their bit in their work, all the rest of us have to do our bit right now to keep the virus under control.