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Day: 20 November 2020

WHO Recommends against Using Remdesivir to Treat Covid-19

WHO Recommends against Using Remdesivir to Treat Covid-19

NEWS
The World Health Organization has updated its on-going guidance on Covid-19 medications to advice against using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients, no matter how severe their illness may be. According to the update, published in the medical journal the BMJ on Thursday, current evidence does not suggest remdesivir affects the risk of dying from Covid-19 or needing mechanical ventilation, among other important outcomes. WHO's new update comes about a month after the company Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection. The drug became the first coronavirus treatment to receive FDA approval. On Thursday, FDA gave emergency use authorization to a combin