This image provided by Pfizer in October 2021 shows the company’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. (Pfizer via AP)
UPDATED 5:07 PM PT – Wednesday, December 22, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID anti-viral pill treatment for emergency use.
On Wednesday, the FDA authorized Pfizer’s “Paxlovid” for the treatment of mild to moderate coronavirus cases in high-risk individuals. The treatment consists of three different pills.
The FDA stressed the treatment isn’t for people experiencing severe disease and has not been approved as a preventative against COVID-19. It is however, available for those as young as 12 that weigh at least 88 pounds.
The FDA noted it’s also not an alternative to COVID vaccines and have encouraged people to still get inoculated. Meanwhile, the federal government announced last month it would purchase 10 million courses of the drug in a $5 billion deal.