The Israeli Ministry of Health has issued an emergency authorization for the use of an oral antiviral drug, Pfizer's Paxlovid tablets, to fight the coronavirus. This is reported by The Times of Israel.
The state has ordered the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses to be used in the fight against the new strain of the Omicron coronavirus.
Last week, the drug Paxlovid received approval from FDA – United States Food and Drug Administration. According to experts, the drug has mild side effects and has reduced the number of hospitalizations and deaths among patients most likely to develop a serious illness by almost 90%.
The Israeli Ministry of Health noted that the drug is recommended for patients with the greatest risk of complications from COVID. The course of treatment can last 3-5 days after the onset of symptoms. The pills are expected to be effective in the fight against Omicron.
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that the first batch of pills will arrive in the country this Wednesday, December 29.
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