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New Antiviral COVID-19 Pill Cuts Risk for Hospitalization and Death

New Antiviral COVID-19 Pill Cuts Risk for Hospitalization and Death

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Drug manufacturer Merck has announced it has created an antiviral pill that could drastically reduce the severity of COVID-19 infections. Molnupiravir has shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 hospitalizations and death by 50%. Merck will be seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration as soon as possible.

The drug is taken orally and is a series of pills. It is not a vaccine. The pills work by affecting how the COVID-19 virus replicates.

It’s unclear when this pill may enter the market for public use. Even if it’s granted EUA, the drug might be limited to vulnerable populations.

Antiviral treatments may be the next step in overcoming the pandemic. Health leaders expect the treatment may be more widespread in the future.

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”