US FDA approves Roche’s COVID-19 antibody

A photograph shows the Swiss pharma giant Roche headquarters in Basel on Sept 28, 2021. (SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) Roche Holding AG said on Wednesday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved its monoclonal antibody for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized adult patients. The intravenous anti-inflammatory drug, Actemra, is a monoclonal antibody that reduces […]

Appeals court: US can’t mandate federal contractors COVID jabs

A lone protester stands outside the US Supreme Court as it hears arguments against the Biden administration's nationwide vaccine-or-testing COVID-19 mandates, in Washington, US, Jan 7, 2022. (JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS) WASHINGTON / CIUDAD JUAREZ / LOS ANGELES / MOSCOW – A US appeals court on Monday said the White House could not require federal contractors […]

Nigeria scraps COVID-19 tests for international travelers

Passengers gather as they check in their luggage at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria Sept 30, 2022. (TEMILADE ADELAJA / REUTERS) LAGOS / MOSCOW – Nigeria on Monday removed COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers and it was no longer mandatory to wear masks on flights and inside airport buildings, the airlines regulator […]