World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday called the initial clinical trial results of a steroid shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients “great news.”

“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” he said of dexamethasone, which reduced the mortality of those on ventilators in the trial by one-third.
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