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UK signs contracts to buy further 4.25 million antivirals courses

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – Britain has signed contracts to buy a further 4.25 million courses of antivirals for its health service to help combat the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, it said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Antivirals are treatments used to either treat those who are infected with a virus or sometimes protect exposed individuals from becoming infected.</p> <p>The government said the two new contracts are for 1.75 million courses of Merck Sharp and Dohme’s (<span class="caps">MSD</span>) molnupiravir and 2.5 million additional courses of PF-07321332/ritonavir from Pfizer which will be available from early next year.</p> <p/> </div>