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A World Health Organization-led program to ensure lower-income countries get fair access to Covid-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments aims to secure antiviral drugs for patients with mild symptoms for as little as $10 per course, Reuters reports. A draft document, which outlines the goals of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, or ACT-A, until September next year, says that the program wants to deliver about 1 billion Covid-19 tests to lower-income nations, and procure drugs to treat up to 120 million patients globally, out of about 200 million new cases it estimates in the next 12 months. An experimental Merck (MRK) pill is likely to be one of the drugs.

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