The Department of Health announced today that adults and teenagers with severe COVID-19 will be allowed to be treated with remdesivir if they fit specific criteria.
These criteria have not yet been laid out by the Government but doctors will be expected to decide on a case-by-case basis who is most likely to benefit.
Early trials of remdesivir have suggested that it can speed up people’s time to recovery by four days, British officials said.
Lord James Bethell, Government minister for innovation, said: ‘This shows fantastic progress.
‘As we navigate this unprecedented period, we must be on the front foot of the latest medical advancements, while always ensuring patient safety remains a top priority.
‘The latest, expert scientific advice is at the heart of every decision we make, and we will continue to monitor remdesivir’s success in clinical trials across the country to ensure the best results for UK patients.’
Remdesivir may be the closest thing doctors currently have to a cure for the coronavirus, after trials showed it can shave days off patients’ recovery times