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Pfizer Covid-19 pill could be available early next year if approved

As pharmaceutical companies race to create a drug that can treat Covid-19, Pfizer has announced that its pill could be on the market early next year if approved by regulators.

A recent trial has revealed that the drug is 89% effective against preventing hospitalisation and death once administered with another antiviral drug.

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Speaking on Sky’s Ian King Live, Pfizer’s country manager Ben Osborn said that following the interim trial results, the company was “working at real pace with regulators around the world and in particular in the UK here with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)”.

Mr. Osborn said that the manufacturing for the treatment has been under way for some time “so that we’ll make sure we’re ready for any forthcoming regulatory approval”, which is a very similar approach the company took to manufacturing its vaccine.

However, Pfizer is not the only pharmaceutical company that is manufacturing a drug that is used to treat Covid-19 as US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co has also begun manufacturing its own drug.

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According to Reuters, the US Government will be buying $1 billion worth of Merck’s Covid-19 pill which brings the total secured courses to 3.1 million, totalling $2.2 billion.

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