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Merck (MRK) reported that an experimental Covid-19 drug, which promises to be a kind of Tamiflu for the pandemic, had positive results in a preliminary study, The Wall Street Journal says. The pill, which is being developed by Ridgeback Therapeutics, significantly reduced infectious virus in subjects in a mid-stage study after five days of treatment. If further study proves it capable of treating people with Covid-19 who show symptoms, the drug would bolster a limited arsenal of treatments and be the first oral antiviral against the disease.

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