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All Taiwan residents can now use rapid test to confirm COVID status

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting Thursday (May 26), rapid antigen tests can be used by all Taiwan residents in place of PCR tests to confirm COVID-19 infections, enabling them to be evaluated for...

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...

Taiwan expands use of oral COVID drugs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An estimated 81,000 people in home care with light COVID-19 symptoms will be allowed to use oral drugs against the coronavirus, reports said Wednesday (May 5). The Cent...

COVID-19 treatment, Keytruda boost drugmaker Merck in Q1

Merck soared past first-quarter expectations, helped by sales of its long-standing blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda and a new COVID-19 treatment that also topped forecasts. The drugm...

S.Korea's total COVID cases top 10 million as crematoria, funeral homes overwhelmed

South Korea's total coronavirus infections topped 10 million, or nearly 20% of its population, authorities said on Wednesday, as surging severe cases and deaths increasingly put a strain on cremat...

Doctors finding hurdles to using pills to treat COVID-19

High-risk COVID-19 patients now have new treatments they can take at home to stay out of the hospital — if doctors get the pills to them fast enough. Health systems around the count...

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....

EXPLAINER: Why Pfizer needs time to make COVID-19 treatment

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 treatment came with a catch when it debuted late last year: Supplies were limited, and it can take months to make the tablets. Company leaders say they are expa...

Cambodia vaccinating ages 3-4 to fight omicron outbreak

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia began vaccinating 3- and 4-year-olds with Chinese-made Sinovac shots Wednesday after finding young children accounting for many new infections. P...

Japan OKs Pfizer COVID-19 oral pills amid surging infections

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has granted fast-track approval to U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 pill, the heath minister said Thursday, as the country struggles to slow fast-spreading omicron infections....

Merck has strong fourth quarter as COVID-19 treatment debuts

The blockbuster cancer treatment Keytruda pushed Merck past fourth-quarter expectations, and the drugmaker’s COVID-19 treatment debuted by adding nearly $1 billion in sales. Sales fo...

Taiwan CECC official specifies conditions suitable for taking Pfizer's antiviral pills that have just arrived

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) on Thursday (Jan. 27) specified conditions that are suitable to be treated...

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...

More than 2 dozen drugmakers to make Merck's COVID-19 pill

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N.-backed organization announced Thursday that it has signed agreements with more than two dozen generic drug makers to produce versions of Merck's COVID-19 pill to supply 105 develo...