Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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9 Jul 2020
5:25 am

Trump’s scooping up of entire supply of Covid-19 treatment drug halts SA trials

Sipho Mabena

The drug was approved for use in Europe last week and European governments are now in urgent talks with Gilead to get access to it.

President Donald Trump says the US could completely cut economic links with China. AFP/SAUL LOEB

US President Donald Trump’s scooping up of the world’s entire supply of remdesivir, one of few proven Covid-19 treatment drugs, has brought South Africa’s own desperate quest for a cure to a screeching halt. South Africa is one of more than 70 countries participating in the solitary trial by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a multiarm randomised control trial comparing several experimental treatments for Covid-19. But the country’s leg has failed to take off due to the shortage of the drug. The Trump administration has reportedly struck a deal and bought up more than 500 000 doses of the nucleotide...