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Pfizer Update: Antiviral Pill Against Omicron

Pill reduces risks by 89%.

The COVID-19  treatment pill Paxlovid, created by Pfizer, looks to be effective against the Omicron type, according to Pfizer.

Pfizer’s pill for latest treatment on Covid-19 infection.

The Discovery of the Paxlovid

The COVID-19 Antiviral tablet, according to Pfizer, is effective against Omicron. Nirmatrelvir, the drug’s principal protease inhibitor, was found to be effective against the Omicron version of the virus in three different lab experiments, according to Pfizer. A protease inhibitor is a type of medicine that inhibits the replication of a virus.

The patient takes two nirmatrelvir tablets twice a day for five days, along with one tablet of another antiviral called ritonavir. Paxlovid was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration last month for emergency use in high-risk Covid-patients.  As the country continuous to deal with an Omicron-driven wave of illnesses.

Moreover, Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that antiviral mediations such as Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, a Merck therapy, will help put an end to the Pandemic. Other medications, such as Regeneron and Eli Lily’s monoclonal antibody therapy, have struggled to combat the Omicron form. Last month, the Department of Health and Human  Service halted the distribution of those two therapies for more than a week before resuming shipments to states, claiming that they were still effective against the delta version.


A Hope of Ending the Pandemic

Vaccination according to many health professionals, is still the greatest strategy to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. Although nearly everyone will eventually test positive for the virus, Fauci said during the White House press briefing last week that the chances of people who have been vaccinated becoming sick are very low.

On November 30, an FDA  panel narrowly recommended approval of a separate antiviral developed by the agency. Both businesses have agreed to a contract that has yet to be approved by the agency. Both businesses have agreed to a contract with the United Nations Medicines Patent Pool that will let low-income countries manufacture the drug without paying a license fee as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.