It is not a vaccine and still being tested. 

But this California-based manufactured drug has proven its effectiveness in treating patients with coronavirus, CBS8 said. 

The drug is called Remdesivir, and it has caught the attention and caused excitement by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

“It’s not a vaccine, so it won’t prevent people from getting COVID-19. But it’s proven to lessen recovery time for those who have it, and in some cases, save lives,” he said. 

“If you look at the time to recovery being shorter in the Remdesivir arm, it was 11 days compared to 15 days,” he added. 

Speaking from the Oval Office, Dr. Fauci said the drug Remdesivir is giving new hope in the fight against coronavirus. 

“This drug happens to be blocking an enzyme that the virus uses,” he said.

Manufactured by Gilead Sciences, Remdesivir has been around for years. 

It was in development during the SARS epidemic in 2002 and was also used to treat Ebola.

The latest report said, Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use the drug. 

While, Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day said, “We want to make sure nothing gets in the way of patients getting the medicine. So we made a decision to donate about 1.5 million vials of Remdesivir.”

He made this promise during his meeting with US President Donald Trump, 1 May. 


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