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Anti-Covid treatments being given to Trump are still unproven, say experts

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Neither remdesivir nor REGN-COV2 have completed large-scale randomised trials, say UK scientists Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists still lack conclusive proof that the two anti-Covid drugs given to Donald Trump are clinically effective. UK researchers point out that both medicines… Read More »Anti-Covid treatments being given to Trump are still unproven, say experts

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief

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Pharmaceutical firm’s boss says 2020 deadline possible if regulators move fast Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could still be available by the end of the year, or early next year, according to the company’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot,… Read More »Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief

Honey better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study claims

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Research suggests honey also more effective than many over-the-counter medicines Honey may be better than conventional treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats, researchers have said. The substance is cheap, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects. Doctors can recommend it as a suitable… Read More »Honey better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study claims

Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT

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Reasons for shortages are often unclear and substitutes, which are not subsidised by PBS, are prohibitively expensive Australia is experiencing a critical shortage of key drugs including antidepressants, contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies, a situation that experts say highlights systemic problems with medicine supply in… Read More »Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT

The world needs a ‘people’s vaccine’ for coronavirus, not a big-pharma monopoly | Helen Clark and Winnie Byanyima

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AstraZeneca and others should not own a lucrative patent on a medicine that is needed by poor as well as rich nations • See all our coronavirus coverage • Helen Clark is a former prime minister of New Zealand and Winnie Byanyima is UN undersecretary… Read More »The world needs a ‘people’s vaccine’ for coronavirus, not a big-pharma monopoly | Helen Clark and Winnie Byanyima

WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don’t cut Covid-19 hospital deaths

Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients… Read More »

WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don’t cut Covid-19 hospital deaths

How will the world’s poorest people get a coronavirus vaccine? | Achal Prabhala and Kate Elder

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Rich countries’ governments are putting all their trust in a marriage of markets and philanthropy called Gavi Vaccines for Covid-19 are coming. Billions of dollars are flowing in, over 100 efforts are under way, and at least 13 leading candidates are already being tested on… Read More »

How will the world’s poorest people get a coronavirus vaccine? | Achal Prabhala and Kate Elder

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

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Richard Horton does not hold back in his criticism of the UK’s response to the pandemic and the medical establishment’s part in backing fatal government decisions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is a school of thought that says now is… Read More »

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’