The first life-saving coronavirus drug has been produced by the UK, Boris Johnson has announced.
The Prime Minister praised the efforts of British scientists and stated that he was “delighted” and “proud” at the daily briefing.
The drug, dexamethasone, will be made available in the NHS.
Mr Johnson said: “The global efforts to find a long-term solution to the pandemic continue, whether that’s through a vaccine or treatment.
“I’m delighted that the biggest breakthrough yet has been made by a fantastic team of scientists right here in the UK.
“I am proud of these British scientists backed by UK Government funding who have led the first robust clinical trial anywhere in the world to find a coronavirus treatment proven to reduce the risk of death.
“I’m very grateful to the thousands of patients in this country who volunteered for the trials.”
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