A 79-year-old Italian man made a full recovery after treatment with antiviral drug remdesivir. Drug now being tested, production increased.
The Italian man given remdesivir was hospitalised on March 7 with the coronavirus, according to local newspaper Genova Today.
Doctors at San Martino Hospital in Genoa, where he was being treated, made the decision to give him the drug.
Professor Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious disease clinic at the hospital, said remdesivir ‘seems to work’.
In a joint press conference with the president of Liguria, they announced the man would be allowed to go home because he no longer has the virus.
Professor Bassetti also revealed that other patients in the region had been given remdesivir, local journalists reported.
Meanwhile, the first clinical trial for a vaccine effective against coronavirus has begun in the US, after skipping the usual preliminary animal trials.