Global News published this video item, entitled “COVID-19: Health Canada looking into experimental drug to treat early symptoms” – below is their description.
As COVID-19 patients swamp intensive care units, Health Canada is reviewing the experimental pill molnupiravir, which claims to reduce the disease’s worst outcomes early on.
According to drugmaker Merck, the twice a day antiviral pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths in COVID-19 patients by 50 per cent based on clinical trials. But the drug is not approved yet and still needs more review.
Jamie Mauracher looks at what we know and don’t know about the drug, and how it may help ease the health system’s burden.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.
Merck & Co., Inc., d.b.a. Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada, is an American multinational pharmaceutical company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Merck is incorporated in New Jersey.