Pfizer working to send COVID pill Paxlovid to China – CNBC | Inquirer News

Pfizer working to send COVID pill Paxlovid to China – CNBC

/ 06:53 AM January 10, 2023

Pfizer Inc is working with Chinese authorities to send Paxlovid to China

FILE PHOTO: Paxlovid, Pfizer’s anti-viral medication to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is displayed in this picture illustration taken October 7, 2022. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Illustration/File Photo

Pfizer Inc is working with Chinese authorities to send its COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, to the country that is dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in an interview with CNBC on Monday.

In February 2022, China approved Paxlovid to treat high-risk patients in several provinces. The drug was supposed to be largely available via hospitals.


Pfizer has also reached an agreement to export Paxlovid to China through a local company to make the medicine more widely available.


“We are sending as much Paxlovid as we can, our manufacturing machines are working to be able to supply at this stage,” Bourla said in the interview at the J.P Morgan Healthcare Conference.

READ: Pfizer donates Paxlovid to group targeting COVID-19 in poorer countries

Pfizer immediately did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on quantities.

China has also been in talks with the drugmaker to secure a license that will allow domestic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute a generic version of Paxlovid in China, Reuters reported last week, citing sources.

Chinese hospitals have been under intense pressure after the government abruptly abandoned its “zero-COVID” policy last month, sending infections soaring.



FDA grants EUA to Pfizer’s anti – COVID pill Paxlovid

US FDA allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

TAGS: China, COVID-19, Paxlovid, Pfizer

© Copyright 1997-2024 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.