U.S. FDA Authorizes First Antiviral Pill to Treat COVID-19 for Emergency Use

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Dec. 22 Pfizer’s Paxlovid for emergency use, becoming the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 in the country. FDA granted emergency use authorization for Paxlovid to treat adults and children …

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Omani Doctors Urge People to Get Vaccine Doses Amid Omicron Concern

Doctors in Oman called on the people to take their third COVID-19 vaccine as the two doses are not enough to stop them from catching the Omicron variant. The doctors in a statement highlighted the importance of urgently receiving the …

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U.S. FDA Approves First Injectable HIV Prevention Drug

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on Dec. 20 the first injectable medication for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk of sexually acquiring HIV. FDA approved Apertude as an alternative to oral HIV prevention …

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UK Authorizes First Antiviral Pill to Treat COVID-19

The United Kingdom medicines regulator has approved on Nov. 4 the first pill to treat COVID-19 in adults at risk of severe illness. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that the oral antiviral pill molnupiravir is safe …

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Lebanon Reports 1,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Related Deaths in Single Day

Lebanon registered 1,563 new cases of COVID-19 and a further 10 deaths over the last 24 hours, pushing overall caseload to 686,725. Likewise, the total death toll has reached to 8,824, and recoveries to 639,958, as per data released by …

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U.S. FDA Authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Antibody Treatment for Emergency Use for Immunocompromised

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Dec. 8 the first drug for widespread use in preventing COVID-19 for people with weakened immune systems. The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, its “long-acting” COVID-19 …

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Bangladesh Reports 291 Fresh COVID-19 Infections, 5 Deaths

Bangladesh reported five new deaths from COVID-19, and 291 infections in the past 24 hours. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that a total 20,014 samples were tested during this period of time, yielding a positivity rate of …

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India Announces First Two Cases of Omicron variant

The government of India on Thursday announced its first two cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant that were found from men in southern Karnataka state, aged 66 and 46. “As per the protocols all their primary and secondary contacts have …

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