COVID-19 pill may revive old, bitter debate

COVID-19 pills inside a transparent canister

COVID-19 pills inside a transparent canister. Photo: Bicanski / PIXNIO. CC0.




Common sense, whether it’s humanitarian or economic, dictates that if the world has found a drug that can make the coronavirus a lot less scary, the treatment should be made available to everyone as soon, as cheap and as equitable as possible. Good news is that the world is probably on the verge of finding such a drug, but that common sense could be severely tested.

Molnupiravir, which was announced just recently but has become a household name right now, is being advertised as a possible new pill that can turn COVID-19 into some kind of nuisance, one that disturbs or annoys people who have it rather than frightens them to death. One major American news outlet has called it a “game changer”, one that could end the worldwide lockdown really soon.

Full story: thaipbsworld.com

By Tulsathit Taptim
Thai PBS World



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