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China: Clinical trial results for potential coronavirus drug to be released on April 27 - Beijing

China, Beijing
February 25, 2020 at 15:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

The results of Chinese clinical trials of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which has shown potential for treating the coronavirus, will be released on April 27, a Chinese government official said in Beijing on Tuesday.

Remdesivir's producer, US biotech firm Gilead Sciences, had previously said in a statement that the drug has demonstrated some success in treating Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in tests on animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) also stated remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

"In China, several hospitals in Wuhan officially started clinical trials for the medicine. The result of the experiments will be released on April 27," Vice Director of China`s State Intellectual Property Office He Zhimin said during a news conference in the Chinese capital.

He said that Gilead Sciences currently have eight patents in China, three of which have been authorised. The State Intellectual Property Office is still processing the remaining five patents according to He.

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The results of Chinese clinical trials of the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which has shown potential for treating the coronavirus, will be released on April 27, a Chinese government official said in Beijing on Tuesday.

Remdesivir's producer, US biotech firm Gilead Sciences, had previously said in a statement that the drug has demonstrated some success in treating Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in tests on animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) also stated remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

"In China, several hospitals in Wuhan officially started clinical trials for the medicine. The result of the experiments will be released on April 27," Vice Director of China`s State Intellectual Property Office He Zhimin said during a news conference in the Chinese capital.

He said that Gilead Sciences currently have eight patents in China, three of which have been authorised. The State Intellectual Property Office is still processing the remaining five patents according to He.

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