COVID-19: Antiviral drugs may not be available until after Omicron peak – Archyde

The Medical Director of the Royal NZ College of GPs, Bryan Betty, said the approval process needed to be done as quickly as possible.

“The sooner we line up and approve the ducks… the better off we’ll be,” he said.

But myself when the drugs for that outbreak arrived too late, they would still be invaluable in the winter when cases could pick up again, he said.

the 120,000 doses to order may not be enough and the government should consider ordering more, he said.

The Department of Health said Pfizer had just submitted more data for approval and it was likely that it would be considered by its Expert Advisory Group in mid-February.

If it were then approved, it would be well ahead of schedule for delivery, said Dr. betty

That was probably April.

Paxlovid was approved under emergency regulation in the United States last month.


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