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First Covid-19 drug breakthrough announced: dexamethasone helps to save lives

Dexamethasone is the first drug shown to reduce deaths in patients who were on ventilators or receiving oxygen therapy. The announcement belongs to a group of researchers of the University of Oxford. The drug is included in a large trial, which analyses treatments already available in the market and also assesses whether they are successful in covid-19 patients. Its results are still to be scrutinized by other scientists.

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Pharmacist holding a dexamethasone vial at the Erasme Hospital, in Brussels Reuters/YVES HERMAN