The needle-free COVID-19 treatments undergoing testing right now

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Here are the needle-free COVID-19 treatments undergoing testing right now;What you need to know about kids getting the Pfizer vaccine;AstraZenca’s new antibody drug is the first that’s shown to prevent and treat COVID-19.

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The first-ever COVID-19 pill may be just weeks away. A handful of other pills, inhalers, and nasal sprays also show promise.

Treating COVID-19 could be simpler soon, thanks to the next generation of treatments.These could come in the form of pills, nasal sprays, or inhalers.On Monday, Merck asked the FDA to authorize its antiviral pill, which would be the first COVID-19 treatment of its kind.

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Finley Martin, 14, gets a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena Friday, May 14, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif.

Kids ages 5-11 could start getting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine next month. Here’s what to know and how to get your child a shot.

Pfizer has formally asked the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use among kids ages 5 to 11.A doctor who helped run Pfizer’s vaccine trial told Insider he wants his kids to be “first in line.”Here are the answers to common questions parents might have about the vaccine.

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Dan Pelletier, a pharmacy technician specialist at Maine Medical Center, demonstrates the process of preparing antibodies used to treat COVID19 patients.

AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 drug cuts the risk of severe disease in half. It’s the first antibody cocktail shown to both prevent and treat the disease in late-stage trials.

AstraZeneca said its antibody drug cut the risk of severe COVID-19 in half in a late-stage study.The drug, called AZD7442, is a combination of two antibodies given as an injection.AstraZeneca said it’s the only drug of its kind shown to both prevent and treat COVID-19.

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‘Enjoy it’: Fauci says it’s safe for Americans and their children to trick or treat on Halloween (Insider)A new investigation finds that COVAX’s global vaccine program was too ambitious (STAT)Health care workers at Kaiser Permanente vote to authorize strike, rejecting pay cuts for new hires (Insider)Parents are sneaking air quality monitors into school backpacks (New York Times)

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