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Thousands of people over 50 and vulnerable people in the UK are the first in the world to receive Covid virus medicine

Thousands of vulnerable people in the UK are among the first in the world to receive advanced antiretroviral injections and antibody treatments for Covid.

People over 50 and those with underlying health conditions will be given molnupiravir capsules to take at home if they test positive for the disease.

Those most at risk from Covid can be treated from next week.

A national study called Panoramic, led by Oxford University in close collaboration with GP centres, has kicked off and is recruiting around 10,000 UK patients at risk of serious illness from Covid to take molnupiravir at home after receiving a positive PCR test result.

The government hopes that the move will minimize hospital admissions and pressure on the NHS this winter.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/covid-virus-treatment-antibody-omicron-uk-b1972336.html Thousands of people over 50 and vulnerable people in the UK are the first in the world to receive Covid virus medicine

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