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WHO recommends against use of remdesivir for treatment of Covid-19

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The World Health Organization has updated its ongoing guidance on Covid-19 medications to advise against using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients, no matter how severe their illness may be.

An early cold snap in the middle of the country at the end of September has helped drive the most recent surge of coronavirus infections, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx said Thursday.

“So we have been going across the country to really tell them, (the) mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast, to really increase testing, looking for these asymptomatic cases and I really want to thank the governors across this great land who have really heeded that call,” Birx told a White House briefing – the first public briefing by the task force since July.

Operation Warp Speed has 100 million vaccine kits ready to go if and when distribution of a coronavirus vaccine starts, Gen. Gustave Perna, Warp Speed’s chief operating officer, said Thursday.

Vaccine maker Pfizer says it plans to ask the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its vaccine on Friday, and federal government officials have said they expect to have 40 million doses of vaccine ready to go in December.

“We take the Pfizer vaccine – they are capable of distributing on their own,” Perna said.

Coronavirus vaccines under development by Moderna and Pfizer have shown extraordinary efficacy, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Thursday.

The vaccines prevented both infection and severe disease, Fauci noted in a rare White House coronavirus task force briefing, the first held since July 8.

“We need to put to rest any concept that this was rushed in an inappropriate way,” said Fauci, who, as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is helping oversee vaccine development.

Vaccines are almost ready to help battle the coronavirus pandemic but people need to double down on other preventative measures, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.

And we do not support closing schools,” Pence said Thursday, at the first White House coronavirus task force briefing since July.

Dr. Deborah Birx became the first White House coronavirus task force official to speak at a briefing from the podium while wearing a face mask on Thursday.

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