Merck and Ridgeback Announce Supply Agreement With UNICEF for Molnupiravir, an Investigational Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Medicine

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KENILWORTH, N.J. and MIAMI, January 18, 2022 /3BLMedia/ - Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced the signing of a long-term supply agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to facilitate broad global access for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine.

How Merck Is Prioritizing Supply

Learn how our teams mobilized like never before to ensure we were ready to address a global need
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From the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew we had a responsibility to mobilize and innovate to rise to the challenge of this unique moment.

This is what we’re doing.

View the orginal content and the Merck infographic here.  

When the COVID-19 Pandemic Hit, Our Cafeterias Stepped up To Serve People in Need

A meal distribution program that started at the beginning of the pandemic continues to deliver thousands of meals a week to underserved communities

When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered our offices in the spring of 2020 and thousands of employees began working remotely, our company found itself with a dilemma: lots of food in the cafeterias, but no one to eat it.

Rather than let it go to waste, Merck and FLIK Hospitality Group, our corporate dining partner, began looking for a way to put the food to use.

Accelerating Global Access

Our company is collaborating with a range of partners to enable access for patients around the world
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At the outset of our research efforts for COVID-19, our company made clear its commitment to make any vaccine or medicine we develop for this pandemic broadly accessible.

Here’s how we have been working to fulfill that commitment.

All Hands on Deck Against COVID-19

How every division at Merck is pitching in to address a global need

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has touched everyone’s lives, and a task as monumental as fighting back against COVID-19 takes more than just one person — or even just one department. From the earliest stages of the pandemic, we knew we had a responsibility to mobilize our scientific expertise and experience to help address the pandemic.

Dedicated teams across our company have come together to respond to this unique challenge. Because a global crisis calls for a global response.

Merck Supports Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program

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We are proud to support the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, bringing fantastic members to our team! Learn more about our support for veterans here:

Creating a New World in Minecraft for Students to Explore


Our passion for invention isn’t limited to the health care industry and the patients we serve; it drives us to inspire the next generation of inventors. So, we created a new approach to science-based learning.

Periodic Odyssey is a new world in Minecraft where students explore, search for and find elements from the periodic table and unlock the power of science with special in-game rewards.

Using the game’s traditional pickaxe and custom element-inspired skins, players will explore our completely unique, immersive Minecraft map to hunt for all naturally-occurring elements.

We're Training More Diverse Investigators to Help Improve Clinical Trials

Our company has partnered with National Medical Fellowships to help expand the pool of diverse principal investigators

For as long as he can remember, Adeyemi Adenola wanted to be a doctor. Yet, after studying internal medicine in Nigeria and moving to the U.S., he found a new passion for helping patients through clinical research.

“I realized that you can make a wider impact on patient population when you’re not limited by the number of patients you see,” said Adenola, a Merck scientist in clinical operations.

Seramount Names Merck As One of the 2021 Best Companies for Dads


Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) revealed its fourth annual list of the 2021 Best Companies for Dads today. This year’s winners are focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including paid gender-neutral parental leave, backup childcare, and how these organizations supported their employees throughout COVID-19. Merck was among the top companies that earned a spot on this year’s list.

Merck Announces Alliance for Equity in Cancer Care

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To help address persistent disparities across the cancer care continuum – from diagnosis to survivorship – and improve patient outcomes among adult underserved populations, the Merck Foundation announces a new U.S. initiative, the Merck Alliance for Equity in Cancer Care (the Alliance). 


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