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EU backs AstraZeneca drug for Covid treatment

By AFP
16 September 2022   |   11:25 am
AstraZeneca's Evusheld drug has been recommended for marketing in the European Union to treat patients at risk of death from Covid, the British pharmaceutical group said Friday.

Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine are seen on the counter at a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre at a pharmacy in the suburb of Cabramatta in Sydney on August 17, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

AstraZeneca’s Evusheld drug has been recommended for marketing in the European Union to treat patients at risk of death from Covid, the British pharmaceutical group said Friday.

The EU’s drug watchdog had already approved Evusheld for the prevention of coronavirus in such patients.

“Evusheld long-acting antibody combination” has been “recommended for approval in the EU for the treatment of Covid-19”, AstraZeneca said in a statement.

Its use via injection is recommended for adults and children aged 12 and above “who are at increased risk of progressing to severe Covid‑19”, it added.

The European Medicines Agency’s latest Evusheld recommendation followed trials showing “significant protection against progression to severe Covid-19 or death”.

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