Will anti-vaxxers take the new COVID antiviral pills from Merck and Pfizer?

Will anti-vaxxers take the new COVID antiviral pills from Merck and Pfizer?

It’s been nearly a year since the first vaccines for the coronavirus were administered, promising a way out of a horrid pandemic that has, at the time of publication, claimed the lives of more than 5.1 million people globally. On their own, vaccines haven’t been enough to end the pandemic—thanks primarily to hesitancy and the … Read more

8 lingering questions about the new Covid pills from Merck and Pfizer

8 lingering questions about the new Covid pills from Merck and Pfizer

The past two months have brought extremely good news in the fight against Covid-19. Two different oral treatments have proved effective at both preventing people newly diagnosed with Covid-19 from entering the hospital and from dying. “We’re accelerating our path out of this pandemic,” President Biden said after data on the second Covid pill became … Read more

Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say

Analysis: COVID-19 pills are coming, but no substitute for vaccines, disease experts say

CHICAGO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Oral antiviral pills from Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE have been shown to significantly blunt the worst outcomes of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors warn vaccine hesitant people not to confuse the benefit of the treatments with prevention afforded by vaccines.While 72% of American … Read more

Pfizer Covid pills highly effective at preventing deaths, trial suggests | Pfizer

Pfizer has said that its experimental antiviral pill for Covid-19 cut rates of hospital admission and death by nearly 90%, as the drugmaker joins the race to bring the first easy-to-use medication against the coronavirus to the US market.Currently all Covid treatments used in the US require an IV or injection. Competitor Merck’s Covid pill … Read more

EXCLUSIVE: WHO-led program aims to buy antiviral COVID-19 pills for $10

EXCLUSIVE: WHO-led program aims to buy antiviral COVID-19 pills for $10

ACT-A wants to raise $22.8 bln to buy vaccines, drugs, testsSees “at risk” deal for 28 mln courses of COVID pill by DecWants to enable access to new COVID drugs for 120 mln peopleProgramme to buy pills for critical patients, oxygenIt wants to procure 1 bln tests for poorer nationsBRUSSELS, Oct 19 (Reuters) – A … Read more