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Oct 6, 2021

COVID Anti-viral Treatment Being Developed

Merck and Co., Inc a global health care company has designed the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19. It’s a pill called Molnupiravir. Merck is currently seeking approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration and announced today that it has signed a supply and purchase agreement that will supply Singapore with access to the pill.  Clinical trial data shows that it could reduce by about 50% the likelihood of hospitalization or death for patients at risk of severe disease from Covid-19. But will countries like Belize have access to it and what is the approval process?


Dr. Jorge Hidalgo

Dr. Jorge Hidalgo, Internist, BHPL

“Merck is developing this anti viral pill that is in the last phase of research. I believe they will send the information of the results of the phase three research to the FDA, as well as the World Health Organization. With that Anti Body medication, it shows a reduction of fifty percent of hospitalization, as well as fifty percent reduction in death. I mean, that is very promising. Also, it is an oral medication that is simpler than injections and that things.”


Marleni Cuellar

“What are your thoughts on how soon this will be available? How challenging will it be for countries like Belize to have access? Looking forward, what are your thoughts?”


Dr. Jorge Hidalgo

“In a way it is a pill that the manufacturer and the way how the distribution is going to be more simple in a sense. With all this drugs that need to be administered instantaneously there is a certain precaution in handling and delivering the drugs. Each country has certain precautions. With pills, probably it is going to be easier in that sense. As well, we imagine the technology is not so complicated. Now of course, access to the pill, we know the big players are already bidding with Merck to try and grab on to the pill.”

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