Five million people globally have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19 since the first known patient was diagnosed with the SARS-like disease just 23 months ago in China. Infections from the fast-spreading coronavirus have now become the world’s third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke. Althoughread more

Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics are reporting that their antiviral drug, molnupiravir, is showing promising signs of being effective at preventing severe cases of COVID-19 in patients with mild to moderate forms of the disease. Taken orally, the treatment could be used by patients in their ownread more

The US intelligence agencies tasked with uncovering the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are divided on the so-called “lab leak” hypothesis, with four of the five agencies drawing a conclusion saying that the virus was transmitted from an infected animal to a human host, while the fifth agency is leaningread more