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Pfizer to sell 10 million COVID-19 treatments to US for $5.3 billion

Pfizer said Thursday it will sell 10 million Covid-19 treatment courses for Covid-19 to the US government for $5.3 billion, pending approval from regulators.

The pharmaceutical giant asked the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for emergency use authorization for its Paxlovid antiviral pill which has been shown to cut hospitalization or death by nearly 90 percent among newly-infected high-risk patients treated within three days of the onset of symptoms.

“We were thrilled with the recent results of our Phase 2/3 interim analysis, which showed overwhelming efficacy of PAXLOVID …and are pleased the US government recognizes this potential,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO said Albert Bourla said in a statement.

“It is encouraging to see a growing understanding of the valuable role that oral investigational therapies may play in combatting COVID-19, and we look forward to continuing discussions with governments around the world to help ensure broad access for people everywhere.”

Pfizer will start delivering the treatments to the US government later this year through the end of 2022, the statement said.

The company has also entered into advance purchase agreements with several other countries and has initiated bilateral outreach to approximately 100 countries around the world, and is committed to working on “equitable access” for the treatment at an affordable price.

On Tuesday it announced a deal with the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to sub-license production for supply in 95 low- and middle-income nations covering around 53 percent of the world’s population.

The move comes a few weeks after Merck also approached the FDA seeking a green light for its antiviral capsule against the coronavirus.

Source: AFP

In other news – Agnes (Millicent Makhado) from Muvhango attacked after revealing what happened when she was shopping

Actress Millicent Makhado has received a lot of backlash on social media after she revealed people still refer to her as Agnes today, even though she left the popular TV show Muvhango years ago.

Millicent Makhado

“Yesterday, I was doing shopping and I kept hearing ‘Agnes, Agnes, Agnes’, until I paid attention to the voice. Kanti this lady was referring to me. I’m not surprised Sonia is being addressed as Ntombi,” she shared. Learn More