U.S. approves COVID-19 pill that decreases risk of hospitalization by 90%
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.

The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials  …

U.K. authorizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID-19
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(Matthew Perron/ CTV News) — Britain granted conditional authorization on Thursday to the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19 so far. It also is the first country to OK the treatment from drugmaker Merck, although it wasn’t immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available.

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Merck says it has the first antiviral pill effective against Covid
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(Rebecca Robbins/ New York Times) — The drug maker Merck said on Friday that its pill to treat Covid-19 was shown in a key clinical trial to halve the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk people early in their infections.

The strong results suggest that a new wave of effective and easy-to-use treatments  …