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UK first to approve COVID pill. The UK is the first country to approve an oral antiviral pill for Covid-19. The drug, known as molnupiravir and developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), was originally intended to fight the flu and has been shown to be most effective in fighting the coronavirus when taken in the early stages of the infection. Health secretary Sajid Javid called the drug a “game changer”; the government has purchased 480,000 doses, with the first delivery expected no earlier than mid- November. The US, Singapore, Australia and other countries are expected to approve molnupiravir soon, and MSD rivals including Swiss pharmaceutical Roche are working on similar medications. The Guardian 

How to survive an annoying colleague. At one point in your career – and perhaps several – you’ll need to work alongside someone you don’t like. It could be their habits, work style or even the tone of their voice. One thing is certain: It’s your responsibility to find a way to make things work. Consider what is triggering you. Is there a way to view it from a different, more empathetic lens? It also helps to remind yourself how working with this person helps advance your larger goals. Focusing on the bigger picture may put small annoyances into perspective. Editor

Vaccinated can harbour high virus levels. A new study has found that fully jabbed adults can shelter virus levels as high as unvaccinated people if infected with the Delta variant, supporting the theory that hitting the threshold for herd immunity is unlikely.

“The fact that they can have high levels of virus suggests that people who aren’t yet vaccinated may not be as protected from the Delta variant as we hoped,” said a professor. Positive tests, hospitalisations and deaths linked to Covid are rising in the UK. The Guardian

Study finds climate indifference. Few people are willing to change their lifestyle to save the planet, a new study has found. The survey in ten countries including the US, UK, France and Germany, found that citizens are alarmed by the climate crisis, but most believe they are already doing more to preserve the planet than anyone else, including their governments. The polling company which carried out the study said governments have to let people know “what the solutions are, and how we can fairly share responsibility for them”. The Guardian

EU takes bite out of Apple charges. Apple may have to change its iPhone Lightning cable chargers in Europe, as the EU seeks to enforce a common USB-C standard in all phone chargers. The new legislation, unveiled by Thierry Breton, European commissioner for trade, would come into effect from 2024, and would bring “more freedom, fewer costs” and less waste. According to a 2019 study, half the charging cables sold in the EU had a USB micro-B connector; 29 percent had a USB-C; 21 percent had a Lightning connector. In a statement, Apple said: “We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation.” The Guardian

WHO warns pandemic will ‘drag on’. The pandemic will “go on for a year longer than it needs to” because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Less than 5% of Africa’s population have been vaccinated, compared with an average of 40% on most other continents. This means the pandemic could “easily drag on deep into 2022”, warned the WHO’s director-general. Daily Mirror

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