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Pfizer CEO in talks with 90 countries for Covid-19 pill

The pill was shown to reduce by 89% the risk of hospitalisation or death in patients at high risk of severe illness, according to Pfizer CEO.

By: Reuters |
Updated: November 6, 2021 8:24:36 am
Pfizer, covid-19 pill, Pfizer antiviral pill, Pfizer covid pill effect, indian expressThe Pfizer and Merck pills are eagerly anticipated, with only limited options currently available for treating people sick with COVID-19. (AP)

Pfizer Inc is in discussions with 90 countries over supply contracts for its experimental Covid-19 pill, which was shown to reduce by 89% the risk of hospitalisation or death in patients at high risk of severe illness, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in an interview on Friday.

He said Pfizer expects to price its treatment, called Paxlovid, close to where rival Merck & Co Inc has priced its oral antiviral drug candidate.

Merck’s US contract price for its pill molnupiriavr is around $700 for a five-day course of therapy.

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