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WHO moves to update COVID-19 guidance after 'great news' in drug study

Reuters India Wednesday, 17 June 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can help save critically ill patients.
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