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FDA Expected to Authorize Pfizer and Merck Covid Pills This Week

  • Two drugs would be first at-home treatments for Covid-19
  • U.S. has ordered 13 million courses of medicines so far
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WATCH: New Covid treatments from Pfizer and Merck could be set for approval in the U.S. this week. Michelle Cortez reports.Source: Bloomberg
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to authorize a pair of pills from Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. to treat Covid-19 as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter -- a milestone in the fight against the pandemic that will soon expand therapies for the ill.

An announcement may come as early as Wednesday, according to three of the people. They asked not to be identified ahead of the authorization and cautioned that the plan could change.