COVID-19: US approves drug for Coronavirus treatment

COVID-19: US approves drug for Coronavirus treatment.

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has given approval the drug remdesivir as cure for Coronavirus, President Donald Trump has said.

President Donald Trump said the regulator had issued an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the antiviral, which the trial showed helped Covid-19 patients recover 31 per cent faster on average than without it.

According him, the Chief Executive Officer of Gilead, the company that developed the drug has described the move as an important step and would donate 1.5 million vials of the drug to be distributed to various hospitals.

Vice President, Mike Pence has said that various hospitals would begin to receive the drugs on Monday.

Remdesivir which was originally developed as a treatment for Ebola cut the duration of Coronavirus symptoms from 15 to 11 days in one US trial involving hospitals around the world.