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  • Remdesivir has been approved as Australia’s first coronavirus treatment option, but it is “not a silver bullet” and will not be available to everyone.

    The drug has received provisional approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in adults with severe COVID-19 symptoms as a promising treatment option to reduce hospitalisation times.

    However, it will only be available to adults and adolescents in hospital with severe infections who need oxygen or are on respirators.

    “Remdesivir is the most promising treatment option so far to reduce hospitalisation time for those suffering from severe coronavirus infections,” the TGA said in a statement.

    “While this is a major milestone in Australia’s struggle against the pandemic, it is important to emphasise that the product has not been shown to prevent coronavirus infection or relieve milder cases of infection.”

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