Pfizer pill authorized for home COVID treatment

The FDA approved the first pill against COVID-19, allowing Americans to take the medicine at home to ward off the virus. Approval of Paxlovid coincides with the recent surge of the omicron variant.

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December 23, 2021 - 9:29 AM

The Food And Drug Administration has given emergency-use authorization to Pfizer's Paxlovid, a COVID-19 pill for people at high risk of severe complications. Photo by (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.

The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials warn of a tsunami of new infections from the omicron variant that could overwhelm hospitals.

The drug, Paxlovid, is a faster way to treat early COVID-19 infections, though initial supplies will be extremely limited. All of the previously authorized drugs against the disease require an IV or an injection. 

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