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France orders 50,000 Merck COVID drug doses

French health minister Olivier Veran announced on Tuesday that his country has ordered 50,000 doses of Merck & Co. Inc.'s COVID-19 treatment drug molnupiravir.

"50,000 doses of this drug will be delivered to France from the last days of November or the first days of December, that is to say as soon as the treatments leave the production lines," Veran told a Senate hearing. The minister expressed optimism that the treatment "would also protect us ... in the event of an epidemic wave linked to a new variant."

The drug is currently the subject of a rolling review by the European Medicines Agency, but no timeline for approval has been given.

Breaking the News / IB