The chief health officer of Victoria, Australia, Professor Brett Sutton, was just asked whether Victoria has enough supply of the drug remdesivir, after Australia’s drugs regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, granted provisional approval overnight for the drug to be used as the first treatment option for Covid-19. It can now be used in adults and adolescent patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms in hospital in Australia.
But in June the US bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of the drug, leaving none for most of the rest of the world.
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World Health Organization director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has launched the ‘Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco,’ which aims to help the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users quit during the pandemic.
“Smoking kills eight million people a year, but if users need more motivation to kick the habit, the pandemic provides the right incentive,” he told reporters during his latest media briefing.
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