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Remdesivir has little effect on COVID-19 mortality, WHO study says

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Remdesivir has little effect on Covid mortality

The antiviral drug remdesivir has little or no effect on mortality for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a study sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO’s Solidarity Therapeutics Trial studied the effects of remdesivir and three other potential drug regimens in nearly 11,300 adults with COVID-19 in 405 hospitals across 30 countries. The results from the study were released Thursday but have yet to be peer-reviewed.

“Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the in-hospital course of COVID-19 among hospitalized patients,” the WHO said in a statement.

The study found none of the drugs, or combination of drugs, reduced patient mortality, reduced the need for a ventilator or shortened recovery time.

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