Pfizer's first Covid antiviral pill Paxlovid explained

WITH no end in sight for the Covid-19 pandemic, companies have started looking at alternative ways to help prevent and protect against the virus.

On December 22, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the first pill to treat Covid-19 and American's want to know what its all about.

Pfizer's first Covid antiviral pill Paxlovid explained

Since the start of the pandemic, Pfizer has been working on pills to help treat Covid-19 and they have since gotten approval on their antiviral pill, Paxlovid.

Paxlovid is the first antiviral Covid-19 pill to be authorized by the FDA and is reportedly for people to take at home before getting sick enough to be hospitalized.

"Today's authorization of PAXLOVID represents another tremendous example of how science will help us ultimately defeat this pandemic, which, even two years in, continues to disrupt and devastate lives across the world," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement.

"This breakthrough therapy, which has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths and can be taken at home, will change the way we treat Covid-19, and hopefully help reduce some of the significant pressures facing our healthcare and hospital systems."

The news comes just one day after President Joe Biden announced that the United States is purchasing half a billion at-home Covid-19 tests to distribute to American's.

Who is eligible for Pfizer's Paxlovid pill?

While the pill will need to be prescribed by a doctor, those who are at a higher-risk and age 12 and older will be eligible as long as they weight at least 88 pounds.

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At this time, the pill is not authorized for the pre-exposure or post-exposure prevention of the virus or for those who require hospitalization due to severe or critical Covid-19 diagnosis' the FDA stated.

It should be taken as soon as possible after diagnosis and within five days of symptom onset.

What did President Joe Biden say about Paxlovid?

Prior to Paxlovid's FDA approval, Biden spoke about the importance of it in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In November, Biden stated that there was "promising data" from Pfizer regarding the pill and said that it "marks a significant step forward in our path out of the pandemic."

He also called Paxlovid a "potentially powerful tool in our fight against the virus, including the Omicron variant," but added that vaccinations and booster shots are still "the most important tools we have to save lives."

The Omicron variant is the latest Covid-19 variant that has since spread across the country and caused an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

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