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S.Africa not planning to buy Merck COVID pill over cost – health official – Metro US

S.Africa not planning to buy Merck COVID pill over cost – health official

FILE PHOTO: A handout photo of an experimental COVID-19 treatment
FILE PHOTO: A handout photo of an experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The South African government is not planning to buy Merck’s COVID-19 treatment pill molnupiravir because an evaluation score from an advisory committee indicated it would not be cost-effective, senior health official Nicholas Crisp told Reuters.

The country’s health regulator SAHPRA said on Thursday that it had authorised use of molnupiravir.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo)

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