Mexico Gives Emergency Approval of Merck’s Covid-19 Pill

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Just as confirmed covid-19 cases in Mexico passed the 4-million mark and covid deaths surpassed 300,000, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Friday, Jan. 7, announced that the country’s health regulator, the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), had granted emergency authorization for the use of Merck’s covid treatment pill, Molnupiravir.

Speaking during his daily press conference at the National Palace, AMLO also said that Cofepris will soon approve the use of Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill to treat the disease.

Both medications were approved last month for emergency use in the United States.

The president did not say is the country has access to supplies of the medications.

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