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A drug can block coronavirus': Gilead's remdesivir raises hopes May 04, 2020 | 12:24 / Interesting information

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci says the drug reduced the time it took for some patients to recover by 31 percent.

An experimental drug has proved effective against the new coronavirus in a major study, shortening the time it takes for patients to recover by four days on average, United States government and company officials announced Wednesday.

Gilead Sciences' remdesivir is the first treatment to pass such a strict test against the virus, which has killed more than 224,000 people since it emerged late last year in China. Having a treatment could have a profound effect on the global pandemic, especially because health officials say any vaccine is likely a year or more away.