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Pfizer Says COVID At-Home Pill Might Be Ready By Year End



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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla remains upbeat about their experimental at-home pill designed to treat COVID-19. He said that the COVID-19 oral drug may be available by the end of this year.

The company announced late last month they started Phase 1 clinical trials of the drug, which they labeled PF-07321332. The drug’s effectiveness is due to protease inhibitors in the drug that binds to viral enzymes, preventing viruses from replicating in the cell.

According to Pfizer, protease inhibitors have proven effective in combating other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C. 

Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s chief scientist, explained the need for medication outside of vaccines. “Tackling the Covid-19 pandemic requires both preventions via vaccine and targeted treatment for those who contract the virus.

Given the way that SARS-CoV-2 is mutating and the continued global impact of Covid-19, it appears likely that it will be critical to have access to therapeutic options both now and beyond the pandemic,” Dolsten said in a statement. 

RELATED: U.S. Rolls Out First Doses Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Anti COVID-19 Measures

Health experts hope oral medication can become a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. If given an emergency use authorization (EUA), the at-home pill can function as a critical weapon to help health care officials fight coronavirus. Patients will only need to take the drug orally at the first sign of illness. 

Instead of checking into hospitals, COVID-19 patients can now take the medicine within their homes. Hopefully, the drug will prevent the progression of the disease and help avoid costly trips to the hospitals.

At the same time, it also lightens the load for overloaded hospitals and frontline workers. Once clinic trials complete and the FDA issues a EUA, the US can start distributing the at-home pill. 

Vaccine for Children

Pfizer is one of the first pharmaceutical companies to develop an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Created in tandem with German firm BioNTech, the vaccine secured emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration last year.

The vaccine features a class of medicines called protease inhibitors. It combats COVID-19 by inhibiting an enzyme that the virus needs to replicate in human cells. Also, scientists also utilized protease inhibitors to treat other viral pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.

In addition to the at-home pill, Pfizer is testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children 6 months to 11 years old. Even as adults continue to receive vaccinations, ensuring children get inoculated remains critical to develop immunity.

Earlier this month, Pfizer requested the FDA to allow it to expand its vaccine authorization to adolescents ages 12 to 15 after the shot was found to be 100% effective in a study. Bourla said he is “very optimistic” that the FDA will approve the use of the vaccine in adolescents.

Get Vaccines to Third World Countries

In addition, Bourla asserted the need for increased access to vaccines by impoverished nations. “In a pandemic, you are as protected as your neighbor,” he said. Setting aside moral issues, developed countries with access to vaccines should provide solutions for areas still dealing with deadly outbreaks, such as India and Africa. 

Otherwise, those nations “will become the pool where the virus will replicate and will generate variants,” Bourla warned. For their part, Pfizer Bourla will produce at least 2.5 billion doses of their vaccine this year. Annualized, this means the company can produce 3 billion doses every year. 

There Are Other Therapies Apart from Pfizer

Pfizer isn’t the only company working on an at-home pill. Rival Merck is also working on an oral medication they called Molnupiravir.

Discovered by Emory University scientists, antiviral therapy is undergoing late-stage trials in both hospital and outpatient settings. Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP expects to have initial data on the drug’s effectiveness during the first quarter and finalize the results by May. If approved, patients will need to take Molnupiravir twice a day over five days.

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  • BBA says:

    “here, take this pill for COVID,……now take THIS pill to treat the side effects of the COVID pill,….Now take THIS pill because the Government tells you to,……now pat your belly and rub your head at at the same time,……because the Government tells you to!!

  • Anonymous says:

    We are all Guinea pig, to the drug and Bill Gates, in the Democratic party and all the Liberals type of people

  • Ken says:

    Dont drink the koolade kids! Get over it. A strain of influenza that has a 99.95% survivability rate, stop it. What happened to us

  • JJ Johnson says:

    No shots, no pills, 73yo,……. vit d3, famotidine (Pepcid), zinc ONLY! Biden can kiss my ass 🖕🏼..that goes for his little red headed lying sakoshit media goofball too!
    I love living too damn much than to kill myself!

  • Eileen says:

    I say we take all the people who created and support this phony *vaccine* that’s NOT really a vaccine and line them all up and WE THE PEOPLE get to inject them so we know they are taking the same crap they are forcing on the people. We all know any shot they took for their glamour pictures were all phony saline shots. They wouldn’t put this poison in their bodies and they aren’t fooling anyone.

  • Judy says:

    I guess they missed the memo. We already have meds available to treat Covid. They just keep trying to make a buck by making an imaginary pandemic and “ no hope in sight”. They truly are “ The Emperors New Clothes” of the 21st Century…..

  • Kathleen Franke says:

    I totally appreciate all that has been done ,for all people. There are some that are never satisfied, no matter what .i am 72 yrs.old. there is a sence of relief since I was vaccinated.I know I could still get Covid. But hoping not as severe.

  • Huapakechi says:

    There’s a disease going ’round that can kill as many as .2% of people who catch it.
    Most of those who get it don’t know they’ve got it.
    We’ve (big government) destroyed the national economy, stolen an election during a bogus quarantine, and invented vaccines to make you safe.
    The vaccines may kill you, and you can still catch the disease, so we “authorities” that make grandiose and frequently revised decisions must continue to control every aspect of your lives to keep you sheep safely contained and docile.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Harold says:

    I am already taking Ivermectin 12 mg once a month and Hydroxychloroquin 200 mg Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for complete protection.
    I don’t trust the vaccines.

  • Mike says:

    I will still take a wait and see attitude! China joe that has lied and cheated his way to the Whitehouse. Telling myself or anyone else to take the vaccine, or our great country won’t have a 4th of July. Telling me wear I can and don’t have to wear a mask! A person has to Wonder what the hell is going on in this country. After China joe’s tonight’s speech raising taxes on us all, you will feel the same way to if you don’t already! Cheater, lier, Conman, in bed with China and it goes on and on. 47 years in government and has actually has done nothing, do the math!!!

  • Scott says:

    We are at war folks….covid-19 is a weapon…it was unleashed on the world….you will need to hold me down to give me a shot…..when you let me up…I’m gonna thump ya…have a wonderful day

  • janet says:

    No way would I ever take vaccine shot or pill from these big Pharm folks–or anything associated with Gates (or Faucei). He has killed so many people he is competing w/ the Clintons, may have even surpassed them. But Clintons seem to be trying to catch up.

  • deerflyguy says:

    When these politicians and elitists get caught so many times in their lies, how can you believe anything they say? It’s a real shame, but that’s the way it is!

  • Paula Ralaford Davis says:

    I’m already taking HCQ and zinc and D3. I will not be in the control group for the experimental biologics.

  • Fred says:

    Vitamin D, zinc and HCQ are already proven. Why allow anything experimental into your body when it is 100% unnecessary and comes with huge risk?

  • Anonymous says:

    I have taken both vaccines. So far no side effects except a little fever that went away in a day. I for one am a person who does not like vaccines, never had. But when faced with a virus unlike the flue,this one can and will kill you or nearly do so. You can also die from the fuel, but for 30 years I have not taken a flu shot and I am still living at age 75. There is so much confusion concerning just about Joe Biden, but what can anybody do until we get a chance to change things in Congress. If you want change then we have to be patient and wait. It will change, I promise you, but just be ready with the right time time a d the the right candidates.

  • David says:

    Just create better, APPROVED medicines to treat the flu’s and forget the poisonous fake vaccines.

  • Katy says:

    My family had covid in December. My 7 year old had a little sore throat and low-grade fever for a day and loss of taste and smell. When she had the RSV virus and ear infections as a baby, those were much worse than covid was. My two year old had basically no symptoms. My husband has the sniffles and a little dry cough a few days and that’s it. I had the most symptoms I believe mostly because I was so stressed about all the chaos and news that had spread about covid. We all took plenty of Vit D, zinc, VitC and some HCQ and all survived. I thought it was not much different than the flu but I did feel the chest tightness and heaviness. Used a nebulizer with colloidal silver (natural antibiotic) off and on for about a week and I was good. 1. We now have immunity so there’s no way we are putting unnecessary toxic cocktail in our bodies. 2. I’m 💯 not for “Big Pharma” and their money hungry selves to make a dime off me or my family. God gave us an immune system to help fight the bad stuff. Most Americans are obese and our country has the worst diet in the world and is incredibly unhealthy. If we cared more about the foods we put in our bodies than pumping them all up with stuff to keep invaders away, maybe our bodies immune systems would actually do what it’s suppose to. Eat right, Whole Foods, organic NON-GMO, stay away from processed foods, SUGAR, fast food and things that aren’t natural. Exercise, get outside and enjoy nature, get your sunshine and vitamin D you only really need at least 30-60 min a day, get plenty of rest, and most importantly, pray to the one who has us all in the palm of His hands because He created us!! Read the Bible and plug into church. You’ll be good to go. Oh yes and Jesus loves you 🙂

  • william west says:

    shots then pill to take care of anything else better be safe then sorry

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