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Economic Times | 28 Dec, 2022 | 07:35AM IST

India’s Hetero said on Tuesday that its generic version of Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for COVID-19 developed by Pfizer Inc, was added to the World Health Organization’s prequalification list, which serves as a benchmark for procurement of medicines by developing countries.

Hetero said it had entered into a licensing agreement with the United Nations-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to manufacture and sell the generic version of the drug in low- and middle-income countries.

The treatment bundles two nirmatrelvir pills and one ritonavir pill and will be manufactured at Hetero’s plants in India, where the drug has emergency use authorization from the country’s drugs controller general.

The global health agency has strongly recommended the use of Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating high-risk patients with mild and moderate COVID, while expressing concerns regarding its access in low- and middle-income countries.

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West Bengal reports eight new COVID-19 cases

West Bengal reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the Health Department said.

The state’s COVID-19 tally rose to 21,18,597 with the detection of the new cases, while the toll remained at 21,532, it said.

Six people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 20,97,012, it added.

There are 53 active cases in the state at present, and only eight of these patients are undergoing treatment in hospital.

The new cases were detected after testing 4,398 samples.

Australian shares rise on commodity boost after China eases COVID curbs

Australian shares rose on Wednesday, lifted by commodity-related stocks, as underlying commodity prices rallied after China decided to relax its COVID-19 restrictions.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.1% to 7,114.10 points by 2314 GMT, after shedding 0.6% on Friday. The market was closed for public holidays on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27.

U.S. Supreme Court keeps pandemic-era border restrictions in place for now

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place for now a pandemic-era policy allowing U.S. officials to rapidly expel migrants caught at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request by Republican state attorneys general to put on hold a judge’s decision invalidating the emergency public health order known as Title 42.

The 19 states argue lifting the policy could lead to an increase in already-record border crossings and strain resources of the states where migrants end up. The court said it would hear arguments on whether the states could intervene to defend Title 42 in its February session.

A ruling is expected by the end of June.

U.S. weighs new COVID rules for travelers from China, U.S. officials say

The U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers to the United States from China over concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Hetero’s Paxlovid generic gets WHO backing

India’s Hetero said on Tuesday that its generic version of Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for COVID-19 developed by Pfizer Inc, was added to the World Health Organization’s prequalification list, which serves as a benchmark for procurement of medicines by developing countries.

Hetero said it had entered into a licensing agreement with the United Nations-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to manufacture and sell the generic version of the drug in low- and middle-income countries.

The treatment bundles two nirmatrelvir pills and one ritonavir pill and will be manufactured at Hetero’s plants in India, where the drug has emergency use authorization from the country’s drugs controller general.

Oil steady as U.S. output ramps up after freeze, China eases COVID curbs

Oil prices were steady after hitting a three-week high on Tuesday as restarts at some U.S. energy plants shut by winter storms offset gains stemming from hopes of a demand recovery as China eases its COVID-19 restrictions.

Brent crude was up 41 cents, or 0.5%, at $84.33 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled 3 cents lower at $79.53 per barrel.

Both benchmarks hit their highest level since Dec. 5 earlier in the session. UK and U.S. markets were closed on Monday for the Christmas holiday.

Air India express issues covid guidelines for travellers from UAE to India

Air India Express on Tuesday issued guidelines for the maintenance of Covid-appropriate behaviour by travellers travelling from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India.

The recommendation advises that all visitors should preferably be completely immunized as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against Covid-19 in their country. Other precautions to take when travelling include the use of masks and physical distancing.

“All guests should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their country. All guests should preferably use masks and follow physical distancing on flights/travel and at all points of entry,” the official Twitter handle of Air India Express tweeted.

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