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Sri Lanka approves first oral antiviral pill to treat COVID-19

Colombo, Nov 16 (UNI/Xinhua) Sri Lankan government has endorsed the use of Molnupiravir, the first oral antiviral pill to treat patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, the country's health minister said Tuesday.
Quoted in local media reports, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said that the pill was approved by Sri Lanka's COVID-19 Technical Committee and a panel of medical experts.
The pill reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 50 percent, according to the minister.
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