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Pfizer Covid Pill Can Be Used to Treat Adults, EU Regulator Says

A European Union advisory committee said Pfizer Inc.’s experimental antiviral pill against Covid-19 can be used to treat adults, opening up another potential tool as the region prepares for the possibility of a wave of infections from the omicron variant.

The drug, Paxlovid, is still under review and hasn’t been formally authorized for sale. But countries may choose to use it for adults with Covid who don’t need supplemental oxygen and are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill, the European Medicines Agency said on Thursday. The regulator advised the medicine be given as soon as possible after diagnosis, but not given to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.