The United States government has started to distribute the antiviral remdesivir originally used to fight Ebola among the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic for “emergency” use in hospitals.
According to the latest experiments, the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered around 600,000 vials of the drug, which could significantly reduce the recovery time for Covid-19 patients.
The packages were primarily shipped to the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey. There are 40 vials in each of them, as the authorities said in a statement that they estimate that 78,000 hospitalized patients will be treated with the antiviral.
According to the HHS, shipping will take six weeks. The American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences donates 900,000 vials worldwide.