January 16, 2022

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COVID-19: Merck, Canadian officials make biomanufacturing announcement | LIVE

Representatives for Merck, which is the company producing COVID-19 oral antiviral pills, are expected to join Canadian government officials Monday to announce what it calls a "biomanufacturing initiative" to help in the fight with COVID-19.

According to the company, it would "potentially help bring a new therapeutic option to patients," if approved by regulatory agencies.

Last Friday, Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi announced that pending Health Canada authorization, Canada has signed agreements to purchase one million doses of the Pfizer oral antiviral pill, and 500,000 courses of the Merck antiviral pill Molnupiravir to fight COVID-19, with the option to secure up to 500,000 more.

Merck’s treatment has received approval in the U.K. but is still before Health Canada.

Last week, the company shared data suggesting its drug was significantly less effective than previously thought, reducing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk individuals by about 30 per cent.

Tassi made the announcement during a briefing alongside Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/8422656/naci-update-covid-19-booster-omicron-variant/

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