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US approves more drugs to treat Covid-19

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 12 urgently approved Eli Lily’s new monoclonal antibody drug to treat people with Covid-19. The drug, bebtelovimab, is effective on the Omicron strain. The administration of President Joe Biden has said the drug will be made available immediately, at no cost to the states. Thus, the […]

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Pfizer says Covid-19 pill works for Omicron

AmericaPharmaceutical company Pfizer on January 18 said that the Covid-19 treatment pill Paxlovid was effective against the Omicron strain. According to Pfizer, three laboratory studies show that the main ingredient in its antiviral drug is nirmatrelvir, an inhibitor that prevents the virus from replicating, is effective against the Omicron variant. The scientists tested nirmatrelvir against […]

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China urgently approves the first drug to treat Covid-19

On December 9, the regulator approved the monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of Covid-19, developed by Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 3 People’s Hospital and Brii Biosciences. A monoclonal antibody is a protein that attaches to the mutant protein of nCoV, reducing the ability of the virus to invade body cells. The newly approved drug contains […]

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Expert: ‘Covid-19 drugs are a backup weapon for vaccines’

International experts hope the community understands the “prevention is better than cure” rule, stating that Covid-19 treatment drugs are only a preventive weapon for vaccines, not a “silver bullet” to repel the disease. A year after the Covid-19 vaccine offered hope to end the pandemic, scientists announced the results of testing two potential antiviral tablets, […]

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EU and US pre-purchase Covid-19 drugs

Like vaccines, the US and the European Union (EU) have signed contracts to purchase many Covid-19 drugs that are still in the experimental stage. Europe on July 28 said it had reached an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), purchasing more than 220,000 doses of Sotrovimab, belonging to the monoclonal antibody group. The drug, co-developed with the […]