Germany requests 5% of EU supply of remdesivir

Germany has requested around 5% of the supply of remdesivir under a six-month European Union supply deal, its health ministry said on Monday, despite criticism of the deal due to a lack of evidence about the antiviral drug’s effectiveness in treating COVID-19. Berlin has requested 155,000 vials of remdesivir under the EU’s six-month deal to buy up to 3 million vials from U.S. drug maker Gilead, the ministry said in a statement. Medical experts have called on Brussels to renegotiate the 1 billion euro contract signed with Gilead last month after remdesivir showed poor results in a large trial conducted by the World Health Organization.

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