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Africa still talking to Merck, Pfizer about COVID pills -CDC – Metro US

Africa still talking to Merck, Pfizer about COVID pills -CDC

People stand in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine, in Narok
People stand in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine, in Narok

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa’s top public health agency is still talking to pharmaceutical firms Merck and Pfizer about obtaining supplies of their antiviral pills to treat COVID-19, its director said on Thursday.

“We are still in discussions with both Pfizer and Merck, so there’s no new development that I can share. These discussions take long,” said John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a regular online briefing.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and James Macharia Chege; Writing by Estelle Shirbon)

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