Mel, Do you mean Remdesivir, the drug from Gilead (not Gideon, though both names are biblical).
It got my attention when I read that Gilead's drug Remdesivir is showing promise in treating Covid-19. I was reminded of the question the narrator in Poe's "The Raven" demands of the visiting bird, "Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”
In Genesis, "Balm in Gilead" refers to a specific healing substance, perhaps a cure-all, produced by a plant that grows in Gilead, which was carried by merchants to the men who sold Joseph. I suppose that's how Gilead Sciences, Inc. chose its name.
It would be great if testing reveals that there is, indeed, balm in Gilead..that their drug Remdesivir can effectively treat Covid-19. Keeping my fingers crossed for this and other solutions.
Ironically, we happen to have a street here in Zion named "Gilead." All of our street names are biblical. There's also a Gideon Street.
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