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EU drug regulator OKs Pfizer COVID pill for high-risk patients

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Jan 27 (Reuters) – The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday gave the green light to Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral COVID-19 pill for treating adults at risk of severe illness, as the region scrambles to boost its arsenal to fight the Omicron variant. The endorsement by the European Medicines Agency......

As Omicron ebbs, England revives Plan A: living with COVID

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Plan B COVID-19 measures expire in England on Thursday Beleaguered PM Johnson bets on boosters and antivirals Omicron’s lower severity and boosters improved outcomes in Jan But experts say endemic COVID may still be common and deadly LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – After an uncomfortable but relatively brief return to......

J&J expects COVID vaccine sales to jump as much as 46% in 2022

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People pose with syringe with needle in front of displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken, December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 25 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday forecast as much as $3.5 billion in sales......

After rocky start to year, Unilever axes 1,500 managers

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To create five product-focused divisions Long-planned revamp comes after failed bid for GSK unit Comes amid news of stakebuilding by activist investor LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Unilever (ULVR.L) will cut about 1,500 management jobs and reshape its business to focus on five main product areas as it tries to......

Britain says 6,000 more people needed for trial of Merck COVID pill

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE......

U.S. FDA limits use of Regeneron, Lilly COVID-19 antibody treatments

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Jan 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. health regulator revised on Monday the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 antibody treatments from Regeneron (REGN.O) and Eli Lilly (LLY.N) to limit their use, as the drugs are unlikely to work against the Omicron coronavirus variant. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the......

Sinovac regimen gets strong boost from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or J&J COVID shots – study

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Vials of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pictured inside the newly inaugurated production lab designated to manufacture the vaccine, in Constantine, Algeria September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 24 (Reuters) – A third booster dose of a COVID-19......

Nelson Peltz’s Trian builds stake in Unilever – source

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Nelson Peltz founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP. speak at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 23 (Reuters) – Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund, has built a stake in Unilever......

Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters

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JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Pfizer/BioNtech’s (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine has shown to be effective against severe disease and death caused by the......

Canada approves Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, seeks supplies

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Travelers talk to a customs officer behind a “Mask Required” sign at Pearson International Airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 18, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register OTTAWA, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Canada on Monday approved Pfizer Inc’s......

Macron touts rosy French economy, new jobs ahead of election

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CHALAMPE, France, Jan 17 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron on Monday touted 21 new foreign investment projects in France and a booming economy as proof his economic reforms have been bearing fruit less than three months before a presidential election in which he is expected to run. During a visit......

Peru urges vaccine sellers to extend expiration dates to cut risk of losses

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A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a woman during an initiative to vaccinate people over 12 years old, in Lima, Peru December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LIMA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Peru’s......

Unilever eyes GSK’s consumer goods arm in possible 50 billion-pound deal

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Unilever confirms interest in GSK assets GSK consumer business would be “strong strategic fit” Sunday Times says 50 billion-pound bid rejected in late 2021 Unilever is under pressure from shareholders over stock price Jan 15 (Reuters) – Consumer goods giant Unilever (ULVR.L) said it had approached Glaxosmithkline (GSK.L) about buying......

EMA lists rare spinal condition as side effect of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot

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A healthcare worker holds a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine at the Pentland Medical Practice in Currie, Scotland, Britain, January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Pool Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 14 (Reuters) – A safety panel of the European drug regulator on Friday recommended......

J&J booster 85% effective against Omicron hospitalisation, S.Africa says

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JOHANNESBURG, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is 85% effective in protecting against being hospitalised by the Omicron variant for 1-2 months after it is received, the head of South Africa’s Medical Research Council (SAMRC) said on Friday. Glenda Gray presented the findings of......

Poorer nations reject over 100 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses as many near expiry

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Short shelf life, lack of fridges are main reasons About 16 mln doses destroyed from 100 mln rejected -UNICEF Nearly 700 mln delivered doses stored in poor nations WHO’s COVAX programme approaches 1 bln doses shipped BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Poorer nations last month rejected more than 100 million......

Biogen shares slide as Medicare proposal restricts coverage of Alzheimer’s treatments

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A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Medicare program’s proposal to severely limit coverage of new Alzheimer’s treatments including Biogen’s Aduhelm threatens to hurt sales of the......

WHO body says COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated for Omicron

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Vials labelled “Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer – Biontech, Johnson&Johnson, Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” are seen in this illustration picture taken May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A World Health Organization technical body said on Tuesday that......

Tilray posts surprise profit on cost cuts, pledges more savings

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Cannabis plants grow inside the Tilray factory hothouse in Cantanhede, Portugal April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 10 (Reuters) – Canadian cannabis producer Tilray Inc (TLRY.TO) on Monday reported a surprise quarterly profit helped by savings achieved from its reverse-merger with......

U.S. reports nearly 1 mln COVID-19 cases in a day, setting global record

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Jan 4 (Reuters) – The United States reported nearly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest daily tally of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. peak set a week ago as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of......

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