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Israel authorizes emergency Pfizer pill against covid-19

Israel has authorized this Sunday for emergency use Paxlovid, the pill from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to treat covid-19 and has already ordered tens of thousands of doses to begin those infected with the disease in the country.

The first shipment of this drug is expected to arrive in Israel on Wednesday , as reported by the Israeli Ministry of Health in a statement.

Other authorizations

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had approved the use of Paxlovid, the first treatment for domestic use in the world against this coronavirus and is hopes that it will also be effective against the omicron variant, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done the same and The day after the 22nd.

The Pfizer pill inhibits the activity of the protease enzyme , which is necessary in the replication process of the virus in the body.

Mild state

The drug, administered in the form of tablets, is intended to be administered by patients in mild to moderate in the first three days after the appearance of symptoms.

Complete treatment includes one pill every twelve hours for five days , based on proven effectiveness in phases 2 and 3 from clinical trials, in which Paxlovid was shown to reduce symptoms severe, hospitalization and death in 89% of cases , when patients receive medication early.

According to data from Pfizer, the effectiveness of the pill should not be altered by the appearance of new variants, including the omicron variant.

Agreement

Israel was one of the first countries in the world to sign a agreement with Pfizer for the acquisition of its vaccine against covid-19, which made it one of the pioneer nations in immunizing the majority of its population.

Some six million people in Israel have received the complete vaccine schedule and more than four million have the third dose or booster vaccine, that the country began to apply in summer.

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