WHO Recommends 2 New COVID-19 Drugs
January 14, 2022
The World Health Organization said Friday it is recommending two new
drugs to treat COVID-19.
The two drugs are baricitinib and sotrovimab. Baricitinib is “strongly
recommended,” WHO said, “for patients with severe or critical COVID-19.”
It said Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody drug, is “conditionally
recommended” for treating mild or moderate COVID-19 in patients who are
at high risk of hospitalization.
“The extent to which these medicines will save lives depends on how
widely available and affordable they will be,” WHO said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s prime minister has tested positive for COVID. A
spokesman for Magdalena Andersson said Andersson tested positive after
taking a rapid test and that the prime minister will be working from
home. Sweden, like many other countries across the globe, is
experiencing an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant.
In India, officials say they expect 3 million people to attend the
Gangassagar Mela, a spiritual pilgrimage, in the eastern region of the
the crack of dawn, there was a sea of people," local official Bankim
Hazra told AFP on Friday.
In what could likely be a superspreader event during India’s raging
COVID outbreak, drones have sprayed holy water from the Ganges River on
the pilgrims as a deterrent to people submerging themselves in the
"But the saints and a large number of people were bent on taking the
dip,” Hazra said. “Pilgrims, most of them without masks, outnumbered the
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Friday that
it has recorded 320.5 million global COVID infections and over 5 million
deaths. The center said 9.5 billion vaccines have been administered.