Why Gilead's coronavirus drug is not a "silver bullet"

Analysts and experts were cautious about drawing too many conclusions without the full data from NIH — especially considering the primary outcome was changed mid-trial, and a sepatate randomized trial concluded remdesivir does little, if anything, to combat the virus.

“Remdesivir is a real drug for COVID … but again, not a silver bullet,” Umer Raffat, a pharmaceutical analyst at Evercore ISI, wrote to investors on Wednesday.

And because the drug has limited efficacy and likely works best before the infection gets too serious, “its availability is not going to move the needle on social distancing relaxation,” tweeted Peter Bach, a physician and drug researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering.