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Antiviral treatment emergency use

October 11, 2021
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Merck announced today that it is seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for its experimental antiviral Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir. If authorization is granted, the drug, made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, would be the first oral antiviral treatment to fight Covid-19. It comes in capsule form. Merck…

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A Merck pill?

October 1, 2021
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Merck has just announced an, as of now, pill-in-development to fight Covid-19. According to an internal Merck study, this pill has cut the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 in half. If approved, this pill would become the first oral medicine to fight the viral infection for Covid-19. “At…

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Booster shots approved by CDC

September 24, 2021
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Early this morning, the CDC followed the recommendations made by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. The recommendation calls for patients over the age of 65, as well as those 18 to 65 that are immunocompromised what works in highly vulnerable professions or situations, to receive a…

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FDA approves Pfizer vaccine

August 23, 2021
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Today, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine won full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Pfizer vaccine thus becomes the first to be granted full approval by the U.S. drug regulator. Since December 2020, the two-dose vaccine had been operating with an emergency-use authorization. Today’s approval makes it…

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Boosters to come in the U.S.

August 18, 2021
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Today, in a joint statement, US health officials announced that booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines Moderna and Pfizer will be offered this fall, subject to authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the go ahead from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are prepared…

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CDC: Delta is serious

July 30, 2021
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According to The Washington Post, and now confirmed by Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, an internal CDC document reveals that the Delta Coronavirus variant appears to cause more severe illness than the initial strain of Covid-19 and spreads as easily and…

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WHO: Still wear masks

June 30, 2021
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The World Health Organization, WHO, advises that even the fully vaccinated continue to wear masks in light of the transmissibility of the new Delta Variant. According to Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Health Products said: “People need to continue to use masks consistently, be…

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ROLLER COASTER ERA BEGINS

June 29, 2021
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Open, don’t open? Variants: how much worse? Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated. Adopters vs. non-vaxers. It’s a confusing time in the fight against COVID-19.

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Investigating the source

May 28, 2021
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President Biden has announced a comprehensive 90-day review into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, both officials and the public have wavered between a conviction that the virus was spread from a laboratory in Wuhan, either voluntarily or by accident, and the more accepted theory, until now, that the…

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CDC confirms the virus is airborne

May 7, 2021
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In a scientific brief published today, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said what many have suspected for months, that SARS-CoV-2, that it is transmissible via exhalation and inhalation to a greater distance than previously announced. Their announcement is framed with caution: “Once infectious droplets and particles…

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