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WHO adds new drugs to COVID treatments

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The World Health Organization has approved two new Covid-19 treatments, growing the arsenal of tools along with vaccines to stave off severe illness and death from the virus.

In their recommendation in the British medical journal The BMJ, WHO experts said arthritis drug baricitinib used with corticosteroids to treat severe or critical Covid patients led to better survival rates and reduced need for ventilators.

Experts also recommended synthetic antibody treatment Sotrovimab for people with non-serious Covid at the highest risk of hospitalisation, such as the elderly, people with immunodeficiencies, or chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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