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The Role of Remdesivir in South Africa: Preventing COVID-19 Deaths Through Increasing Intensive Care Unit Capacity.

Authors
  • Nichols, Brooke E1, 2
  • Jamieson, Lise2
  • Zhang, Sabrina R C3
  • Rao, Gabriella A1
  • Silal, Sheetal4, 5
  • Pulliam, Juliet R C6
  • Sanne, Ian2
  • Meyer-Rath, Gesine1, 2
  • 1 Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 2 Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 3 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 4 Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 5 Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 6 South African Department of Science and Innovation-National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
May 04, 2021
Volume
72
Issue
9
Pages
1642–1644
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa937
PMID: 32628744
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Countries such as South Africa have limited intensive care unit (ICU) capacity to handle the expected number of patients with COVID-19 requiring ICU care. Remdesivir can prevent deaths in countries such as South Africa by decreasing the number of days people spend in ICU, therefore freeing up ICU bed capacity. © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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