Anti-viral drug effective against coronavirus, study finds

Channel NewsAsia | May 23, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  • Anti-viral drug remdesivir cuts recovery times in coronavirus patients, according to the full results of a trial published Friday (May 22) night, three weeks after America’s top infectious diseases expert said the study showed the medication has “clear-cut” benefits.
  • Complete results from the research, which was carried out by US government agency the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), were published by leading medical periodical the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • About 7.1 per cent of patients given remdesivir in the trial group died within 14 days – compared with 11.9 per cent in the placebo group.