Coronavirus Treatment Drug Described As Promising, But Death Toll Surpasses 61,000 In U.S.

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has said the experimental drug remdesivir is set to become the “standard of care” in the global fight against coronavirus, the deadly respiratory disease that has sickened millions across the globe and left thousands more dead.

Recent trials of the drug, which is produced by a major California-based pharmaceutical corporation, has shown promise, according to multiple media reports. There currently is no cure for coronavirus. However, clinical trials have shown remdesivir reducing both sick time and reportedly severe symptoms in some patients treated intravenously with the drug, offering hope that an even more effective treatment–or cure–could be forthcoming.

While the global medical community races to fund a cure, the body count is growing: In the United States, as of this morning, more than 61,000 people have succumbed to the virus, and more than 1 million Americans have been infected by it.

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