Bangladesh starts remdesivir production for COVID-19 treatment May 07, 2020 0 290 12345 DPADhakaBangladesh has begun the production process for the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is being closely watched as a possible effective treatment for COVID-19, pharmaceutical executives said on Wednesday.“We have started the process well with more than 200 researchers engaging at our labs,” Abdul Muktadir, head of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited, said about the production of the United States’ Gilead Sciences-developed drug in Bangladesh.The drug, he hoped, will be available on the domestic market by the end of May as the government allowed eight companies to produce the drug after the US Food and Drug Administration issue an Emergency Use Authorization for remdesivir.Bangladesh, as a UN Least Developed Country, is allowed to produce any patented medicine without prior permission under World Trade Organization agreements. None of the eight companies are interested in exporting the drug at the moment.The experimental treatment is being studied in multiple ongoing international clinical trials, and the safety and efficacy of remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19 are not yet fully established, Gilead has cautioned.Remdesivir production in Bangladesh is new, and it will take time to get it available in the market, said Rabbur Reza, chief operating officer of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, another company that was allowed to produce the drug. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian aviation ministry website crashes in repatriation ‘panic’ May 07, 2020 0 886 Philippines caseload tops 10,000; hundred people join clinical trial May 07, 2020 0 401 Pompeo has no evidence about virus lab leak: China May 07, 2020 0 117 Singapore’s Covid-19 cases top 20,000 as pandemic batters business DPA Kuala Lumpur Singapore confirmed 788 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total to 20,198, the second-highest reported number in East Asia after China. The ministry stated that the “vast majority” of the .. No breach in COVID-19 tracking app, despite hacker warning: India New Delhi There has been no security breach in a COVID-19-tracking app that the Indian government has made a mandatory download for anyone stepping out of their homes to go to work, officials said on Wednesday. “No .. Top militant commander killed in Kashmir, mobile internet suspended DPA Srinagar, Kashmir A top militant commander was killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Riyaz Naikoo, 35, was commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the oldest .. 6.8 magnitude quake strikes in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, no tsunami alert AFP Jakarta A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote part of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of damage. The .. Notorious Indian bandit dies at 92, after stints in Bollywood, politics Mumbai A notorious bandit who spent years rampaging across central India’s impoverished badlands before trying his luck as a Bollywood actor and politician has died aged 92, police said Wednesday. Mohar Singh, once one .. China’s space test hits snag with capsule ‘anomaly’ A cargo capsule that was part of a key test in China’s space programme experienced an “anomaly” on Wednesday during its return trip, the space authority said. The cargo capsule was launched Tuesday aboard a new type of ..