Sunday, December 5, 2021

Covid pills

WHO-led programme aims to buy Covid-19 pills for US$10, document shows

The price is very low if compared with the US$700 per course that the US has agreed to pay for 1.7 million courses of Merck's molnupiravir pills.

Merck Covid-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries

The US has already locked up 1.7 million courses with an option for 3.5 million more by January of 2023 at about US$700 per course.

Merck says deal inked with Singapore on Covid-19 antiviral pill

Molnupiravir is designed to introduce errors into the genetic code of the virus and would be the first oral antiviral medication for Covid-19.

EU could start review of Merck Covid pill ‘in days’

The Merck pill has been hailed as a possible breakthrough because until now Covid therapeutics have been administered intravenously.

Malaysia among countries in talks for Merck’s anti-Covid pills

Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan also say they are in talks to buy Merck's experimental antiviral pill.

Merck’s Covid pill hailed after cutting hospitalisations by 50%

Efficacy was said to hold up against variants of concern, including Delta, and the drug had a good safety profile.

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