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A Covid treatment drug given to former US President Donald Trump has been approved for use in the UK by the medicines regulator.
- Clinical trials of ronapreve, previously known as REGN-Cov2, showed the drug can be used to prevent infection, treat symptoms of serious infection and cut the likelihood of being admitted to hospital.
- Trials took place before widespread vaccination and before the emergence of virus variants.
- The drug, developed by pharmaceutical firms Regeneron and Roche, is given either by injection or infusion and acts at the lining of the respiratory system where it binds tightly to the virus and prevents it from gaining access to the cells, the MHRA said.
- “This is fantastic news from the independent medicines regulator and means the UK has approved its first therapeutic designed specifically for Covid-19.