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WHO recommends two new drugs for treatment of COVID-19

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday recommended two new drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.

The drugs – Baricitinib and Sotrovimab – were recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID-19 and treatment of mild or moderate COVID-19 in patients who are at high risk of hospitalization respectively.

In a statement on its website, the United Nations agency said the extent to which the drugs would save lives depends on their availability and affordability.

The statement read: “The first drug, Baricitinib, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID-19. It is part of a class of drugs called Janus kinase inhibitors that suppress the overstimulation of the immune system. WHO recommends that it is given with corticosteroids.

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“Baricitinib is an oral drug used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It provides an alternative to other arthritis drugs called Interleukin-6 receptor blockers, recommended by WHO in July 2021.

“Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody drug for treating mild or moderate COVID-19 in patients who are at high risk of hospitalisation.

“Sotrovimab is an alternative to Casirivimab-imdevimab, a monoclonal antibody cocktail recommended by WHO in September 2021. Studies are ongoing on the effectiveness of monoclonal antibodies against Omicron but early laboratory studies show that Sotrovimab retains its activity.”

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