May 26, 2020 / 4:26 PM / a month ago

UK's Hancock says Remdesivir may be biggest step forward in COVID-19 treatment yet

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds the daily coronavirus disease news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 21, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said anti-viral drug Remdesivir was probably the most significant development yet in treating COVID-19 patients.

“This is probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus since the crisis began,” he told a government news conference on Tuesday.

That followed an earlier announcement that Britain would provide the drug, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, to some patients.

Reporting by Paul Sandle, Kylie MacLellan and David Milliken, writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison,

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