First officially approved drug vs COVID-19 announced in Japan

First officially approved drug vs COVID-19 announced in Japan

- Japan gave an approval to Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as the country’s first officially authorized drug against COVID-19

- A Japanese health ministry official said that remdesivir will be administered to patients suffering from severe symptoms of the virus

- In the US, a study that involved 1,000 patients also gave positive news on remdesivir

- Patients who received remdesivir were discharged from the hospital within 11 days compared to the 15 days of the patients who received a placebo

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Japan finally approved Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as the country’s first officially authorized drug against COVID-19.

According to a Japanese health ministry official, remdesivir will be administered to patients suffering from severe symptoms of the virus.

"There has so far been no coronavirus medicine available here so it is a significant step for us to approve this drug," the Japanese health ministry official said to the media.

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In the US, a study that involved 1,000 patients also gave positive news on remdesivir.

NBC News (authored by Erika Edwards) reported that the patients who received remdesivir were discharged from the hospital within 11 days compared to the 15 days of the patients who received a placebo.

Based on a report by The Guardian (authored by Sarah Bosely), 8 percent of the patients who received the drug died of COVID-19 compared to 11 percent of the placebo group.

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