Seven-year-old Zohra sits on the dusty doorstep of her family’s hut in the province of Ghor, north-west

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Merck’s experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19, known as molnupiravir, reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by roughly half, according to an interim analysis of its clinical trial released Friday. The drug maker plans to seek emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and other regulators “as soon as possible,” the company said. 

Then he raised another possible treatment. ‘And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that? By injection inside or almost a cleaning.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said today: ‘On Monday specialist teams began excavating wooded land near Valley Walk, and yesterday, November 18, on day four of the search, they began preparing for the use of specially-trained victim identification dogs alongside hand and mechanical excavations.’

This week BBC journalist John Simpson, 77, broke down on air as he reported on an Afghan mother of seven trying to feed her family. ‘I’ve seen a lot of bad things in my time, but this hasn’t yet happened, and yet you know it’s just round the corner.

‘They are now digging vent holes, so after a period of that ground remaining sterile for 12 to 20 hours the dogs will go through that area and will indicate whether they find something that could be human or animal remains.

In 2017, the Afghan government launched a ‘National Action Plan to Eliminate Early and Child Marriage’ — an encouraging development in a country where the legal age for girls to marry was 16 and 33 per cent are married before they’re 18.

If Merck’s pill becomes available, it could be the breakthrough in treatment that many have been hoping for. The pandemic has killed more than 4.7 million people worldwide, including nearly 700,000 in the US.

Detective Superintendent Joe Banfield, who is leading the Northamptonshire Police operation, said the team had received information from a number of people since the search work began, including from residents who had visited the site and spoken to officers.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said she was told President Trump was angry about a February 25, 2020 briefing where she warned the public about the dangers of COVID. 

16, several days later than initially reported, Michael Worobey, head of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, wrote in the commentary piece in the journal Science website “His symptom onset came after multiple cases in workers at Huanan Market, making a female seafood vendor there the earliest known case, with illness onset 11 December,” Worobey said in the article.

Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said early results for molnupiravir showed that high-risk adults who took the pill within five days of developing COVID-19 symptoms were about 50% less likely to be hospitalized or die, compared with patients who received a placebo (7.3% vs. 14.1%). The clinical trial included 775 adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who also had at least one risk factor, such as obesity or heart disease. The drug maker also reported that adverse reactions in people who took the pill were similar to people who took a placebo pill.

Vice President Mike Pence, next in the line of succession, also attended. Trump also held rallies in Arizona, Colorado, Las Vegas, South Carolina, and North Carolina up until March 2, when his campaign suspended rallies amid the pandemic.   

Last month, data from Johns Hopkins University showed that around 1 in 500 Americans have died from the coronavirus. While the available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, millions of American have not yet gotten a shot. According to a September report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are now over 10 times more likely to get hospitalized with COVID-19 and over 10 times more likely to die from the disease than fully vaccinated people.

But the Taliban ordered high schools to only re-open for Potensi Desa boys, ending any hopes of continuing her education. Drought had already destroyed her family’s livelihood and four years ago they were forced from their home in Muqur, in southern Afghanistan, to Badghis province, in the north-west.

Last year, Najiba’s father died. Her uncle, Ahmad, 44, is helping her mother, Mastana, raise Najiba, her two sons and younger daughter. Three months ago, he decided the family would not survive without selling Najiba as a child bride

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If authorized, molnupiravir would be the first antiviral pill for treating COVID-19. The only other antiviral drug approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19 is remdesivir, which must be administered by IV or injection and is only for people hospitalized with COVID-19. 

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