Remdesivir Potentially Most Effective For Coronavirus: China Investigator
Although AbbVie’s Kaletra has shown promising efficacy in COVID-19 patients, Gilead’s remdesivir has stronger antiviral activity, says one Chinese investigator leading studies in the coronavirus outbreak epicenter Wuhan.
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With efficacy data in hand, Gilead wants to balance economic sustainability with broad availability of remdesivir for COVID-19 patients. The firm did not alter guidance on Q1 earnings call.
Analysts see NIAID’s placebo-controlled data as more important than Gilead’s open-label data. Quick emergency use authorization by FDA is possible, but the US agency has not confirmed EUA.
Touting its coronavirus vaccines as a "global public good", China is quietly preparing for the first general approvals and launches, possibly within weeks, developers say. But who will be first in line to receive them? And at what cost? Distribution and pricing are just some of the unanswered questions.