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Hong Kong gives conditional nod to Gilead COVID-19 drug Remdesivir

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences medicine Remdesivir has received a conditional green light to be used to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong officials said on Friday.

The Hong Kong unit of the California-based drugmaker has to continue to submit additional data on the safety, effectiveness and quality of Veklury, the active ingredient of which is Remdesivir, the Drug Office of Department of Health said on its website.

Remdesivir, which helped shorten hospital recovery times in a U.S. clinical trial, has been added to several countries’ lists of treatments against the disease that has killed more than half a million people globally.

Hong Kong, home to more than 7 million people, has reported a total of 1,714 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths since late January.

Reporting by Twinnie Siu Hong Kong, Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Editing by Catherine Evans and David Goodman

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