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Govt tries to regain covid agenda with early antivirals move

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 11 Oct 2021

Govt tries to regain covid agenda with early antivirals move
Get jabbed! PM Jacinda Ardern on the road selling the vaccination message in Hastings. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 11 Oct 2021
The Ardern government is starting a new political week with an attempt to grab back the initiative it has lost in the fight against covid-19 by announcing early talks to secure supplies of a new antiviral treatment.“New Zealand is amongst the first countries in the world to sign an advanced purchase agreement for the new covid-19 oral antiviral treatment molnupiravir from pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)," the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced in a statement released to media last night and embargoed to 5a...

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