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Taiwan residents can use rapid test to verify COVID, enable prescriptions from May 26

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (May 24) announced that rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVI...

Taiwan to ease rules in COVID testing, prescriptions on May 18

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting on Wednesday (May 18), Taiwan will further expand the categories of people who can take a rapid antigen test instead of a PCR test, which will enable doctors to i...

Family, friends can obtain COVID prescriptions, pills for Taiwan patients starting Friday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Family and friends of COVID patients can receive a prescription and obtain antiviral medication on their behalf starting on Friday (May 13). During a press conference o...

WHO calls on Pfizer to make its COVID pill more available

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called on Pfizer to make its COVID-19 treatment more widely available in poorer countries, saying Tuesday that the pharmaceutical company's deal...

Taiwan lists smokers as beneficiaries of oral COVID drug Paxlovid

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The oral drug Paxlovid could benefit smokers who are at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, Taiwan’s health authorities said Saturday (April 23). ...

Taiwan imports 180,000 courses of oral COVID drug Paxlovid

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first 180,000 courses of the oral COVID-19 drug Paxlovid out of 700,000 ordered from Pfizer have arrived in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Fri...

Taiwan orders 700,000 courses of Pfizer COVID drug Paxlovid

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has signed a contract with Pfizer to purchase 700,000 courses of its COVID treatment Paxlovid as the country experiences a spike in Omicron cases. The Central Ep...

More than 30 companies to start making Pfizer's COVID pill

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly three dozen companies worldwide will soon start making generic versions of Pfizer’s coronavirus pill, the U.N.-backed Medicines Patent Pool that negotiated the deal said Thursday....

EU regulator recommends Pfizer's COVID pill be authorized

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that Pfizer's coronavirus antiviral drug be authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union, the first time the agency has recommended...

1st batch out of 10,000 Merck COVID pills arrive in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first batch out of 10,000 doses of Merck's COVID medication Molnupiravir arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning (Jan. 24), marking the f...

Coronavirus digest: Austria becomes first EU country to pass vaccine mandate

Austria's parliament on Thursday passed a vaccine mandate that will require all adults in the country to get vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning in February. The move makes Austria the first EU ...

Business Highlights: Stocks rise, consumer confidence gains

____ Biden and Dems scramble to salvage social, climate package WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, along with progressive and moderate Democrats, appears determ...

Live updates: Biden calls COVID pill 'significant step'

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, and President Joe Biden said it marks a “significant step forward" on the path out of the pandemic. ...

EU medicines regulator approves new COVID treatments

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday authorized the use of three new COVID treatments. What do we know so far about the COVID drugs? Monoclonal antibody medicine Xevudy (sotrovimab), whic...

Business Highlights: Stocks sink, Black Friday's back

___ Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow loses 905 points NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000...