He raced to stock up on drugs to treat Covid-19

He raced to stock up on drugs to treat Covid-19 6

The UK has reached an agreement to buy 480,000 courses of molnupiravir from the American company Merck, an antiviral drug proven to halve the risk of hospitalization and death of people infected with nCoV.

Currently, no medicine has been approved for use by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

British officials said the arrangements were made to deal with the scenario of a sharp increase in infections in the coming winter.

Many British doctors have called on the government to reimpose restrictions to deal with Covid-19 when the number of infections, hospitalizations increased sharply and the emergence of the new variant AY.4.2, a subline of Delta.

Yesterday, the UK reported 49,139 new infections and 179 deaths from Covid-19, bringing the total to nearly 8.59 million infected people and more than 139,000 deaths.

Minister Sajid Javid warned that the number of daily infections in the UK could reach 100,000, and called on British people to actively vaccinate.

Photo of the Covid-19 treatment drug molnupiravir published by pharmaceutical company Merck on May 17.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of new infections in Europe increased by 7% in the past week, becoming the only region in the world to record an increase in infections.

Latvia on October 20 announced a one-month blockade after a strong Covid-19 outbreak, becoming the first European country to re-impose this strict restriction.

Before imposing the blockade again, the Latvian government this week also imposed a night curfew, from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., lasting a month and closed schools and non-essential stores.

Russia is witnessing a serious Covid-19 outbreak.

The daily death toll from Covid-19 in Russia has been rising for weeks and surpassed 1,000 for the first time over the weekend, amid sluggish vaccination rates and people’s indifference to anti-epidemic measures.

President Vladimir Putin has called on Russians to show `responsibility` by getting vaccinated, and at the same time supports the proposal to give people a week off from work amid a sharp increase in the epidemic.

The US is still the largest epidemic region in the world with 46,065,736 cases of infection and 751,525 deaths from Covid-19, after recording an additional 63,775 cases of infection and 1,756 deaths in the past 24 hours.

On October 20, the White House announced a plan to ensure enough doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 28 million children aged 5-11 years old and be distributed easily and fairly to people if approved.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on October 26 to hear a report on the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for children, before deciding whether

On the same day, the FDA authorized the use of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for booster doses.

77% of the eligible US population over 12 years old have received at least one dose of vaccine, of which 67% have received the full dose.

In Southeast Asia, the epidemic situation in many previous hot spots such as Indonesia and the Philippines has decreased significantly.

The Singapore government yesterday announced the extension of Covid-19 restriction measures for another four weeks until November 21, when recording 18 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest level since the beginning of the epidemic, and 3,862 new infections.

Restrictive measures, including restrictions on large gatherings and working from home, were previously announced to apply from September 27 to October 24, after Singapore witnessed an outbreak in early September.

Singapore has tightened and loosened regulatory measures several times this year.

The world recorded 242,743,893 nCoV infections and 4,936,499 deaths, an increase of 428,428 and 7,011 respectively, while 220,008,710 people have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

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