EU plans three additional Covid-19 medicines authorised by October
Photo: EU Stella Kyriakides.

EU plans three additional Covid-19 medicines authorised by October

A list of 10 potential therapeutics including the 5 most promising will be prepared very soon

In its Therapeutics Strategy, adopted on Thursday, the Commission says that vaccination rates are increasing across the EU, but therapeutics are vital to treat those people who are still falling ill and reduce the rate of acute and severe Covid-19. It also includes the treatment of so-called ‘long Covid’.

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