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重磅!默克有望成为第一个抗新冠病毒口服药物生产企业

发布者: 五毒 | 发布时间: 2021-10-14 01:00| 查看数: 140| 评论数: 0|



This is VOA News. Via remote, I'm Liz Parker.

Hundreds of supporters of Shiite religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr celebrated Monday night in Baghdad, Iraq. The crowd celebrated as the first results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections came in.

The preliminary results showed the block of Iraq's populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr maintaining the most seats in parliament. The maverick leader is remembered for leading an insurgency against U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion.

Crowds formed around Baghdad's iconic Tahrir Square, dancing and holding Iraqi flags and al-Sadr posters.

With 94 percent of the ballot boxes counted, none of the competing political blocs appeared on track to win a majority in parliament and consequently name a prime minister.

Russia, Germany and France have agreed that their foreign ministers should meet to discuss the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Monday on the issue of Ukraine.

Read more on voanews.com. This is VOA News.

Drugmaker Merck has asked U.S. regulators to authorize its pill for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19. If approved, it would be the first oral medication for the disease.

Merck said its antiviral pill called Molnupiravir lowered the rate of hospitalization and death by 50 percent in a trial of patients who had mild-to-moderate COVID-19 illness along with at least one risk factor of the disease.

Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutic have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant emergency use of the pill.

All previous FDA-approved treatments require an injection or IV.

Also drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday it is seeing promising results with a COVID-19 drug it is developing to combat the coronavirus. Known as AZD7442, the drug reduced severe COVID-19 or death in non-hospitalized patients by 50 percent, according to AstraZeneca.

The World Health Organization says constructive action against climate change could save millions of lives. The WHO is urging governments to reach concrete agreements to combat climate change before the 2021 United Nations climate change conference scheduled for October 31.

The WHO said on Monday, quote, "Countries must set ambitious national climate commitments if they are to sustain a healthy and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."

Two soldiers were killed when their motorcycles ran over a homemade bomb in southeast Burkina Faso on Monday. It's the latest attack in a region previously spared the jihadist(圣战士) violence of the north.

The West African country has faced increasingly frequent and deadly attacks by jihadist forces linked to the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda since 2015.

The violence has killed around 2,000 people and forced 1.4 million to flee their homes.

The German city of Cologne says it will start allowing mosques to broadcast the call to prayer, or azan, over loudspeakers. The city said on Monday the call to prayer could be broadcast on Friday afternoons for up to five minutes.

Mosques will need to apply for a permit to broadcast and must comply with volume limits. The permit will last for two years.

You can read this story and more on voanews.com and don't forget you can always download the VOA News app. Via remote, I'm Liz Parker, VOA News.


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