Paxlovid antiviral pills for Covid-19 treatment arrive today – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Health today received a total of 48,000 pills of Pfizer’s antiviral drug for the treatment of COVID-19, Paxlovid (PF-07321332/Nirmatrelvir 150mg film-coated tablets and Ritonavir 100mg film-coated tablets).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the procurement of the oral drug, which was recommended for the treatment of COVID-19 patients aged 18 and above who did not require oxygen therapy but were at high risk of manifesting severe symptoms, arrived at Pharmaniaga Logistic Sdn Bhd today.

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On his Twitter account, he wrote that the antiviral drug is not intended to be used as a substitute for COVID-19 vaccination or a substitute for public health measures to prevent COVID-19 infection.

“Paxlovid is another weapon against COVID-19, which is an antiviral drug for the treatment of COVID-19. It is given immediately after being detected positive for COVID-19 and within five days symptoms onset, for optimal effectiveness,” he said.

On March 5, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was reported as saying that a total of 11,000 high-risk patients would receive the first batch of the antiviral drug.