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Merck has requested approval from federal drug regulators for use of its new antiviral pill that is said to reduce the severity of COVID-19 in infected patients.

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Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world's arsenal against the pandemic.

By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer October 11, 2021
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