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Merck’s ‘COVID Pill’ Shows Promise, But Mortality Benefits Will Be Hard To Prove

Accurate Viral Test Shows Drug’s Promise

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Early results from its novel antiviral are encouraging, but demonstrating life-saving qualities in a short window of time will be tricky.

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