The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7:45 a.m: Drugmaker Merck asked U:1617631040216,.Ss unlikely that Furey. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemicThe Ontario government announced residents 18 and older in 114 hot spot communities would be eligible for vaccines. British Columbia is prioritizing people 40 and older in high-transmission neighbourhoods..
If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks — it would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19deployment_of_covid_19_vaccines. All other FDA-backed treatments against the disease require an IV or injection.
An antiviral pill that people could take at home to reduce their symptoms and speed recovery could prove groundbreaking, easing the crushing caseload on U.S. hospitals and helping to curb outbreaks in poorer countries with weak health care systems. It would also bolster the two-pronged approach to the pandemic: treatment, by way of medicationThe government isn, and prevention, primarily through vaccinations.
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