(CBS DETROIT) – There’s a promising new treatment for COVID-19 on the way.  

According to the National Institute of Health, a drug called TEMPOL was found to reduce coronavirus infections.  

READ MORE: Beaumont Health, Spectrum Health Plan To Merge, Operate 22 Hospitals

The treatment prevents the virus from replicating itself by impairing a key enzyme.  

READ MORE: Michigan Reports 172 New COVID-19 Cases, 20 Deaths

While vaccines remain effective, health authorities say treatments are needed for people infected. 

MORE NEWS: Judge Greg Mathis To Build New Community Center, Affordable Housing On Detroit's Westside

© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.