As the Omicron wave approaches, South Korea to distribute Pfizer Covid-19 pills

As worry grows over the development of the extremely contagious Omicron variant, South Korea will begin treating coronavirus patients with Pfizer‘s antiviral medicines on Friday, according to health officials.

As stated by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), at least 21,000 Paxlovid pills will be arriving on Thursday and to be distributed to a total of 280 pharmacies and 90 residential treatment centers.

The medicine will be used for the treatment of more than 1,000 individuals every day, with priority provided to patients with an increased risk of getting critical symptoms, those 65 and older, and those with weakened immune systems, according to the KDCA.

Later this month, another 10,000 medicines are due to arrive.

Paxlovid was approximately 90% successful in avoiding hospitalizations and fatalities in individuals at high risk of severe disease, according to Pfizer, and research suggests it is still effective against Omicron.

To combat an outbreak of infections transmitted by the Omicron variant, South Korea has started testing new medicinal methods. On Wednesday, it authorized the use of Novavax Inc’s vaccine.

The KDCA reported another high number of imported Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, with 391, out of a total of 4,167 cases for the day.

https://www.theasianaffairs.com/as-the-omicron-wave-approaches-south-korea-to-distribute-pfizer-covid-19-pills/

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