First Australian patients with coronavirus to get remdesivir

Two hospitals, including Dr James McMahon's The Alfred, have so far been approved to use the antiviral hailed in the US as the likely standard of care

Critically ill patients with COVID-19 in Sydney and Melbourne will be among the first Australians to be treated with the experimental antiviral remdesivir.

Dr James McMahon.

Manufacturer Gilead Sciences Australia says two hospitals have been given special access to its drug as part of a global program.

St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne have