Exclusive: Russia to roll out its first approved COVID-19 drug next week

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EXCLUSIVE: Russia, after approving Japanese COVID-19 drug, to roll out 'game changer' next week via A_Osborn

FILE PHOTO: Paramedics and members of the Emergencies Ministry wearing personal protective equipment push a stretcher into an ambulance while transporting a patient amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in the city of Tver, Russia May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo

A new antiviral drug from Gilead called remdesivir has shown some promise in small efficacy trials against COVID-19 and is being given to patients by some countries under compassionate or emergency use rules. Japan has been trialling the same drug, known there as Avigan. It has won plaudits from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and $128 million in government funding, but has yet to be approved for use.Russia's PM says 'grounds for cautious optimism' in coronavirus fightDmitriev said clinical trials of the drug had been conducted involving 330 people, and had shown that it successfully treated the virus in most cases within four days.

Success in small small-scale, early-stage trials is no guarantee of success in later, more comprehensive trials. “We believe this is a game changer. It will reduce strain on the healthcare system, we’ll have fewer people getting into a critical condition,” said Dmitriev. “We believe that the drug is key to resuming full economic activity in Russia.”

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