Gilead Sciences announced a successful clinical trial of its antiviral drug to treat the coronavirus .
“The majority of patients in this international cohort demonstrated clinical improvement and no new safety signals were identified with remdesivir treatment,” Gilead said in a statement. The results of the trial of the drug, remdesivir, came in from 53 patients who were experiencing severe symptoms of coronavirus symptoms.
"We cannot draw definitive conclusions from these data, but the observations from this group of hospitalized patients who received remdesivir are hopeful," Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and lead author of the NEJM article, mentioned in the company’s statement.
The drug hasn’t been yet approved for general use by the Food and Drug Administration.