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India allows emergency use of Merck's COVID-19 pill, two more vaccines

India allows emergency use of Merck's COVID-19 pill, two more vaccines

FILE PHOTO: An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co. (Photo: Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS)

The country has administered 1.43 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, with more than 839 million of all adults having received at least one dose.

India plans to start administering COVID-19 booster shots as a precautionary measure to healthcare and frontline workers from Jan 10 and will begin vaccinating those aged 15 to 18 from Jan 3.

Medical experts have said India needs to double down on its vaccine campaign and some states have imposed night curfews and other restriction as a precaution in the run up to New Year festivities to prevent a spike in infections and a repeat of summer 2021 when a devastating second wave of infections left tens of thousands dead.

Source: Reuters/ga

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