Gilead says COVID drug remdesivir exhibits antiviral exercise in opposition to Omicron, different variants

Gilead Sciences Inc pharmaceutical firm is seen after they introduced a Part 3 Trial of the investigational antiviral drug Remdesivir in sufferers with extreme coronavirus illness (COVID-19), through the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Oceanside, California, U.S., April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photograph

Gilead Sciences Inc’s drug, remdesivir, confirmed antiviral exercise in opposition to Omicron, Delta and different variants of the coronavirus in laboratory research, the corporate stated on Friday.

The research outcomes confirmed related exercise of remdesivir in opposition to the variants and an early ancestral pressure of the virus detected in Seattle, Washington, Gilead stated.

Remdesivir, marketed as Veklury, was permitted by the FDA in October 2020 to deal with hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers. Final month, this was expanded to non-hospitalized sufferers who had been at excessive danger of extreme illness.

Gilead added that the viral enzyme of the coronavirus that remdesivir targets doesn’t include any extra distinctive mutations.

“Now with a brand new model of Omicron (BA.2 subvariant) growing in circulation world wide, these newest information additionally recommend that remdesivir will retain antiviral exercise in opposition to this new subvariant,” stated Tomas Cihlar, senior vp of virology analysis at Gilead. 

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