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Pfizer seeks US authorisation for pill to treat Covid-19

Pfizer has asked US regulators to authorise its Covid-19 pill, which is shown to cut hospitalisation and death by nearly 90% among newly infected patients.

The move comes just weeks after Merck also asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve its antiviral drug.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said: “With more than five million deaths and countless lives impacted by this devastating disease globally, there is an urgent need for life-saving treatment options.”

“We are moving as quickly as possible in our effort to get this potential treatment into the hands of patients.”

Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorisation (EUA) on the basis of positive interim results, which enrolled Covid-positive non-hospitalised adults at high risk of progression to severe disease.

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The data shows an 89% reduction in hospitalisation or death when the treatment started within three days of symptom onset.

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