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WHO advises against antiviral drug remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment

The antiviral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has “no important effect” on survival chances, the World Health Organization has said.

A WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) of international experts said there was “no evidence based on currently available data that it does improve patient-important outcomes”.

The United States, the European Union and other countries have granted temporary approval for the use of remdesivir after initial research showed it may shorten recovery time in some coronavirus patients.

The WHO’s recommendation issued today was based on four international randomised trials among more than 7,000 patients hospitalised with the virus.

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