PM delighted over life-saving Coronavirus drug – Dexamethasone is cheap and immediately available
Prime Minister Boris Johnson led today’s government press conference. He was eager and delighted to announce the groundbreaking development of the drug Dexamethasone. The drug cuts by a third the risk of dying for those on ventilators, researchers find. Experts say the drug should be given without delay. It has been around for about 60 years and used for other problems including arthritis.
He was accompanied by the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at the University of Oxford.
The government says that it has adequate supplies of a drug, dexamethasone. It has shown success in saving the lives of people who become seriously ill from coronavirus, including enough for any second peak of cases.
The drug does not have an effect on patients who do not have breathing difficulties. But reduces the risk of death for those who require oxygen or ventilation
Treating eight intensive care coronavirus patients with the drug will cost £40 and on average save one life.
Sir Patrick emphasised that the drug does not stop people catching the disease or going into hospital, so does not lessen the need for social distancing. It is important to continue with staying the distance.
Doctors can prescribe the drug from today, as it is already in stock in hospitals and can be quickly manufactured. It is not a costly drug for the UK. Just pounds in the nation and pennies abroad. This is such good news.
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