Coronavirus map LIVE: NHS doctors told to ration COVID ‘wonderdrug’ after a shortage

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An internal NHS memo has warned doctors not to give Remdesivir to patients “receiving ongoing mechanical ventilation”. Prescriptions should also be kept to five days because of a “supply disruption”. The only people that will be given the drug are those with the early stages of the virus. A Department of Health spokesman said: “We are aware of a rise in the use of Remdesivir in line with an increase in COVID-19 hospital cases.

“While there remain plenty of Remdesivir supplies, we have asked the NHS to temporarily prioritise patients to ensure those most likely to benefit can access it.”

The department added patients with coronavirus were receiving other drugs.

These included “dexamethasone or hydrocortisone which have been proved to save lives”.

There are currently more than 200 vaccines being developed across the world, with more than 40 of these in clinical trials.

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Professor Nilay Shah, from Imperial College London, said: “There’s no question of suddenly life returning to normal in March, even if…we having a following wind.

“It will take a long time to work through the different priority groups initially, and then the wider population later on.

“To get through that vaccination process, it (will take) many months, maybe more than a year.”

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