WHO approves two new Covid-19 treatments

14/1/2022 3:24:00 AM

WHO approves two new Covid-19 treatments

https://str.sg/wQ4LPARIS (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved two new Covid-19 treatments on Friday (Jan 14), growing the arsenal of tools along with vaccines to stave off severe illness and death from the coronavirus.The news comes as

Omicron cases fill hospitals around the world,with the WHO predicting that half of Europe will be infected by March.In their recommendation in British medical journal The BMJ, WHO experts said that Eli Lilly's arthritis drug baricitinib, used with corticosteroids to treat severe or critical Covid-19 patients, led to better survival rates and reduced need for ventilators.

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Copy to clipboard https://str.Barbie Latza Nadeau 12 January 2022, 12:30 pm · 3-min read Massimo Pinca via Reuter ROME—The messages started popping up on Telegram a few days after Italy announced a new vaccine mandate requiring everyone over age 50 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk hefty fines and even termination from their jobs.Copy to clipboard https://str.Vials labelled "Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer — Biontech, Johnson&Johnson, Sputnik V coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine" are seen in this illustration picture taken on May 2, 2021.

sg/wQ4L PARIS (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved two new Covid-19 treatments on Friday (Jan 14), growing the arsenal of tools along with vaccines to stave off severe illness and death from the coronavirus. The news comes as Omicron cases fill hospitals around the world, with the WHO predicting that half of Europe will be infected by March. Vaccine mandates have become the primary strategy in moving forward, yet a small number of people continue to resist. In their recommendation in British medical journal The BMJ, WHO experts said that Eli Lilly's arthritis drug baricitinib, used with corticosteroids to treat severe or critical Covid-19 patients, led to better survival rates and reduced need for ventilators. Cathay has fired the crew members involved. Experts also recommended synthetic antibody treatment Sotrovimab - by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology - for people with non-serious Covid-19 at highest risk of hospitalisation, such as the elderly, people with immunodeficiencies or chronic diseases such as diabetes. “I am urgently looking for a positive and I am willing to pay,” one desperate anti-vaxxer wrote, according to Italian police who are cracking down on the clandestine COVID meetups and other scams ahead of the Feb. Sotrovimab's benefits for people not at risk of hospitalisation were deemed insignificant and the WHO said its effectiveness against new variants such as Omicron was still uncertain..

Only three other treatments for Covid-19 have received WHO approval, starting with corticosteroids for severely ill patients in September 2020. Soon after the announcement of the new law, enterprising opportunists started offering COVID parties where people who tested positive for the disease mix and mingle with those who want to catch it—one racket in Tuscany even includes a truffle dinner with Barolo wine, along with a positive-testing infection for around $150. The city tightened quarantine rules for air crew after the outbreak, leading the airline to cancel most of its planned passenger and cargo flights in January. Corticosteroids are inexpensive and widely available and fight inflammation that commonly accompanies severe cases. Arthritis drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab, which the WHO endorsed in July, are IL-6 inhibitors that suppress a dangerous overreaction of the immune system to the Sars-CoV-2 virus. Two people were arrested in Rome after one man who was COVID positive used the health card of someone who wanted to skirt the vaccines to get tested at a pharmacy. Baricitinib is in a different class of drugs known as Janus kinase inhibitors, but it falls under the same guidelines as the IL-6 inhibitors. Mr Healy said crew had collectively spent 62,000 nights in quarantine hotels in 2021, with none contracting Covid-19 in the first eight months of the year. "When both are available, choose one based on issues including cost and clinician experience," the guidelines say. Infectious-disease specialist Pier Luigi Lopalco said on Italian television that the COVID parties and other scams are against the law and people involved should be hunted down and arrested. [[nid:561942]] It said that an updated vaccine could be aimed specifically at the dominant variant, which is currently Omicron in many places, or be a "multivalent vaccine" designed to bust several variants at once.

Synthetic antibody treatment Regeneron was approved by the WHO in September and the guidelines say Sotrovimab can be used for the same type of patients. The WHO's Covid-19 treatment recommendations are updated regularly based on new data from clinical trials. For a person who has never had COVID, who has not been vaccinated, encountering this virus can mean a mild form of the disease, but it can also mean ending up in intensive care,” he said on Italian television. More On This Topic. More On This Topic .