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First anti-viral pill for treating Covid-19 has been approved in the UK

The first anti-viral pill for treating Covid-19 has been approved in the UK.

Molnupiravir is for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and have at least one risk factor for developing severe disease – such as obesity, being over 60, diabetes or heart disease.

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The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the use of the drug is safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospital admission and death in people who are at a higher risk from the virus.

The drug works by interfering with the virus’s replication.

This prevents the virus from multiplying, keeping virus levels low in the body and therefore reducing the severity of the disease.

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The MHRA said the drug should be taken as soon as possible following testing positive and within the first five days.

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