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‘Another vital defence’: Coronavirus treatment pills could be available within six months – Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the search for new antiviral medication would revolutionise how COVID-19 is treated.

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Another treatment, the steroid dexamethasone, is administered via tablets or injection and has been credited with saving an estimated 22,000 lives in the UK and one million worldwide.
The speed at which vaccines and therapeutics such as dexamethasone have been identified and deployed against COVID-19 has been critical to the pandemic response, Vallance said.
Antivirals in tablet form are another key tool for the response. They could help protect those not protected by or ineligible for vaccines.

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