Coronavirus Update: Gilead's Veklury Gets Full FDA Approval, Roche Partners With Atea
Moderna Fully Enrolls COVE Trial
Gilead's remdesivir is first drug fully approved by FDA to treat COVID-19. Roche and Atea team up on an investigational direct acting antiviral while Moderna reaches the 30,000-patient enrollment target for its Phase III COVE study of the company's investigational mRNA vaccine.
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The WHO’s new "living guideline" against remdesivir’s use in hospitalized patients notwithstanding, some key opinion leaders in India see a role for the antiviral, but underscore that COVID-19 is still in its infancy and all repurposed therapies for the disease still have a long way to go. They also see the US remdesivir studies as more robust.