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WHO ‘strongly recommends’ Pfizer’s COVID pill

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Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese,(R), takes a selfie with patrons at a cafe in Sydney on Thursday while campaigning for a federal election. Albanese has tested positive to COVID-19 in the second week of an election campaign ahead of a May 21 poll.

SWITZERLAND,AUSTRALIA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday “strongly recommended” the use of Pfizer’s antiviral pill Paxlovid in patients with mild and moderate forms of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at the highest risk of hospitalisation. The UN health agency, however, highlighted the challenges of availability and lack of price transparency in low- and middle-income countries, raising concerns that such countries may again be “pushed to the end of the queue” for accessing the treatment.

“WHO therefore strongly recommends that Pfizer make its pricing and deals more transparent and that it enlarge the geographical scope of its licence with the Medicines Patent Pool so that more generic manufacturers may start to produce the medicine and make it available faster at affordable prices,” the health agency said. Meanwhile, Australia’s Opposition Leader said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday in the second week of a campaign ahead of the May 21 election.

Anthony Albanese, the 59-year-old leader of the center-left Labor Party, said he was feeling fine and would isolate at his Sydney home for a week.

The diagnosis is a setback for his party, which is seeking its first election victory since 2010. Labor has been leading Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government in opinion polls in recent months.

Morrison, 53, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 1 and his symptoms were mild. Morrison and Albanese came face to face Wednesday for the first time since the election was called on April 10 when they attended the first televised leaders’ debate in Brisbane. They shook hands and posed together for photographs.Morrison sent Albanese his best wishes.


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