UK Covid-19: Sajid Javid hails ‘landmark’ deals for new antiviral Covid pill treatments

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Daily Mail published this video item, entitled “UK Covid-19: Sajid Javid hails ‘landmark’ deals for new antiviral Covid pill treatments” – below is their description.

The Health Secretary said the UK bought 480,000 antiviral molnupiravir pills made by US pharmaceutical company Merck and 250,000 Pf073 courses from Belgian firm Pfizer, which makes the vaccine currently deployed for booster jabs in the UK. Officials did not disclose how much the drugs cost the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) but the US in June spent $1.2billion (£869million) on an order of 1.7million molnupiravir courses. If the drugs are priced the same in Britain they are likely to have cost around £245million.

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