Dhaka, May 21 -- Officials of Beximco handed over the clinical sample of the medicine to Health Minister Zahid Malik at a ceremony in the ministry on Thursday.

"In the US, remdesivir is being used as an emergency treatment for patients with COVID-19. Beximco succeeded in producing the drug here in this region," Malik told reporters.

"It will be administered to high-risk patients with terminal illnesses. It will be up to the doctors and experts to decide which patients will be treated with the medicine. We hope that this will help save lives."

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