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Breaking News ! The United States has bought up almost all of the world's stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against coronavirus, leaving none for the rest of the world. Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available, the Guardian reports. President Donald Trump's administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US. Dr Andrew Hill, a senior visiting fellow at Liverpool University said the US has "got access to most of the drug supply [of remdesivir], so there's nothing for Europe." Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here It has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all of the manufacturer Gilead’s production for July and 90 per cent of its output for August and September. The drug is the first to be licensed in the US for the treatment of coronavirus. Meanwhile, in the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face scrutiny from MPs in the Commons at Prime Minister's Questions over the Leicester lockdown as a result of a spike in cases. The government's been criticised by the city's mayor for its poor communications as all but essential shops are closed and the lockdown easing taking place throughout England on Saturday with the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, will not happen there. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said people in Leicester were “crying out” for answers and suggested the government should have moved quicker. The British Medical Association echoed these calls and said the government needs to be more "open and transparent with local Covid-19 data" and over how spikes in cases will be dealt with in the future. Scroll down for live updates throughout the day.
..Key EventsScientist says remdesivir manufacturer would face 'certain political pressures' in US08:1108:14Helen CarterUS officials describe remdesivir deal as 'amazing'The US Department of Health and Human Services has described the bid to buy up virtually all of the stocks of remdesivir from the manufacturer as "an amazing deal."HHS Scretary Alex Azar said in a statement: President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19.To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it.The Trump administration is doing everything in our power to learn more about life-saving therapeutics for Covid-19 and secure access to these options for the American people.”08:11KEY EVENTScientist says remdesivir manufacturer would face 'certain political pressures' in USA scientist advising the UK government said that the US buying up stocks of coronavirus drug remdesivir raises concerns.Oxford University’ Professor Peter Horby, who chairs the new and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (Nervtag) said manufacturer Gilead would be under “certain political pressures locally” as a US company.He told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme:It does raise two very important questions: what is a fair price for a drug and what is fair access to a drug, and those are common issues but are particularly important in a global crisis like this,That’s part of the fair access question, the trial that gave the result that allowed remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US, there were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places.And I wonder how they would feel knowing now that the drug is going to have restricted availability in their own country and would they have volunteered for that trial if they had known that?”On issues raised if a vaccine is found, he said we need a much stronger framework if we are going to develop these things and they're going to be used for national emergencies.
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