The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given provisional approval to a drug that can improve the recovery time of the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
The approval for remdesivir comes as Australia sees a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in Victoria, which has sparked fears the outbreak may spread across the country.
Remdesivir has been provisionally approved for use in adults and adolescent patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms who have been hospitalised.
The drug by US company Gilead Sciences is the most promising treatment so far to reduce hospitalisation time for those suffering from severe coronavirus infections, the TGA said in a statement on Friday.
The TGA says remdesivir will be available only to patients who are severely unwell, require oxygen or high level support to breathe, and are in hospital care.
However, the drug does not prevent coronavirus infection or relieve milder cases.
Australia is one of the first countries to approve the use of the drug after the European Union, Japan, and Singapore.
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Fishers impacted by offshore surveying say oil and gas companies need to develop better testing methods than those used since the 1960s.
Fishers in a south-west Victorian coastal town underpinned by a multi-million-dollar fishing industry are worried that decades of offshore seismic testing by gas and oil companies are significantly harming the marine environment they rely on.
- More than 150 seismic surveys have been done in Victorian waters since the 1960s
- Fishers and a local council oppose more tests due to concerns about the impact on marine life
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Coronavirus update: Brazil death toll to pass 100,000, UK orders recall of 741,000 coronavirus testing kits over safety concerns – ABC News
Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 is expected to hit 100,000 and continue to climb as most Brazilian cities reopen shops and dining even though the pandemic has yet to peak.
Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has continued to climb, expecting to reach beyond 100,000, as most cities reopen even though the pandemic has yet to peak.
Meanwhile, Britain’s medicines regulator seeks to recall up to 741,000 coronavirus test kits from the national test and trace programme over safety concerns.
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Is Skoda's reworked mid-sized SUV a new segment favourite? In top 140TSI specification, it just might be.
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