United States Fully Authorizes COVID-19 Antiviral Remdesivir

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The United States Medicines Agency (FDA) on Thursday granted full authorization for the antiviral drug remdesivir for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, confirming the conditional authorization granted in May, according to its manufacturer Gilead.

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Gilead announced that it had received authorization for the drug, under the Veklury brand, stressing that it was the only specific treatment against COVID-19 so authorized after a more rigorous and definitive verification procedure. However, other treatments have received authorizations for emergency use. Gilead’s stock on the New York Stock Exchange jumped 4% soon after the announcement.

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