Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

US buys up most of the world’s supply of Covid-19 drug

Anukul

Published

 on 

PHOTO: RTE

The US has purchased almost the entire global supply of one of the main drugs used to treat Covid-19 patients. Reports say that American officials have bought up all the Remdesivir available in July and 90% of the supply company’s stock in August and September as well.

Remdesivir, which was originally developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by the US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences and has been priced at $2,340 (about 70,000 baht) per patient in richer nations for a typical five-day treatment course, including 5 vials.

The company has agreed to ship almost all of its drug supplies to the United States over the next three months.

Dr Andrew Hill, a senior visiting research fellow at Liverpool University, told Sky News that this means that Remdesivir will not be available for use in patients in the UK and Europe until October.

Dr Hill always says…

“This deal that has been struck by America means that people with Covid-19 in the UK can’t get access to these treatments that would get them out of the hospital quickly and could improve their chances of survival.”

“So far, we know that there will be no supplies of Remdesivir for the next three months as America will take drugs and we won’t have access to them. This is the case in the United Kingdom and in Europe.”

“Low and middle-income countries may produce generic versions of the drug, but are unable to sell it to Europe because Gilead has a patent for it.”

SOURCE: Sky News

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Johannes Jansen

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    then it become’s time that europa going to boycot USA, the Englisch government can forbid the sale of it but Mr. Johnson and Trump have the sam corruption methods, The people in England had stand up for there rights cq Health, if it not work the easy way then the hard way.

  2. Avatar

    Upson Downes

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Remdesivir was developed to treat Hepatitis C. It is NOT effective against Ebola. But that doesn’t change the fact that the US has cornered the market on it, for all the good it will do them. I suppose it beats wearing a face mask.

  3. Avatar

    David

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Remdesivir has been found time and again to be a colossal failure. And yet it continuously gets media airplay as being some sort of antidote to the current hysteria over covid-19. Thailand has been able to steer through the stormy waters of this mess without resorting to this disastrous drug which even when it was used for ebola it wasnt all that great.

  4. Avatar

    Denis

    Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 8:31 am

    In France, many professional suspect that GILEAD product is not efficient.

    At the “Institut Hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée”, Professor Didier Raoult (One of the top 5 epidemiologist) and his teams prescribed for patients who tested positive and (very important) at the start of the infection:

    -a treatment with the combination of hydroxychloroquine (200 mg x 3 per day for 10 days) + Azithromycin (500 mg on the 1st day then 250 mg per day for 5 more days), as part of the precautions for use of this association (including an electrocardiogram on D0 and D2), and outside of marketing authorization. In cases of severe pneumonia, a broad-spectrum antibiotic is also used.

    The results of this very low cost treatment seems to be very efficient. Results has been published.

    Unfortunately, French government officials preferred GILEAD treatment and many people passed away.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus Vaccines4 mins ago

US government to donate 2.5 million vaccine doses to Thailand

Best of6 mins ago

Top 5 cafes in Pattaya

Media28 mins ago

Media outlets call on Thai government to lift restrictions on freedom of expression

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Koh Samui51 mins ago

Surge in new Covid infections on Koh Samui

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Private clinics in Bangkok enlisted to help with home isolation Covid patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

PM hosts online meeting with governors of dark red provinces over Covid crisis

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Record high of 17,669 cases and 165 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Phetchabun sugar factory closes with Covid-19 cluster

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Police investigate hackers selling stolen vaccine appointments

Chon Buri12 hours ago

Driver blames GPS for durian truck wedged under overpass

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Despite low riders, Covid-19 train to continue

Pattaya15 hours ago

Planning for “Pattaya Move On” reopening scheme continues

Best of16 hours ago

Top 5 cookie shops in Bangkok

Drugs17 hours ago

Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending