WHO Gives Strong Backing To Antimalarial Combo As New Resistance Strategy Kicks Off
Hot on the heels of its new antimalarial strategy, the World Health Organization has given a “strong” recommendation for the use of a fixed-dose artemisinin combination therapy from Shin Poong and the Medicines for Malaria Venture that should see it being more widely used in disease-endemic countries.
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EU ministers say that implementing an appropriate fee structure that is more in line with actual costs will promote innovation in the pharmaceutical sector while ensuring “fair access” to safe and effective medicines for patients.
The World Health Organization has published a “step-by-step guide” for countries wishing to increase their capacity for monitoring pathogens with pandemic and epidemic potential. The EU and the UK have cleared an updated version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Spikevax targeting the XBB.1.5 variant, while the EU has followed the US in approving Gilead’s Veklury as the first treatment for COVID-19 patients with mild-to-severe liver damage.