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Pfizer Pill Adds to Growing U.S. Stockpile of Virus Treatments

  • FDA grants emergency authorization for Pfizer; Merck pending
  • Administration to buy 3 million of Merck, 250,000 of Pfizer
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Stamford's Dr. Asha Shah on Pfizer Pill, Omicron Fight
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The Biden administration expects to take delivery of 4 million courses of Covid-19 treatments by the end of January, including 265,000 courses of Pfizer Inc.’s newly authorized pill, according to officials familiar with the matter -- sharply ramping up therapies for the disease as the omicron variant spreads.

Pfizer’s pill was authorized Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, and authorization for Merck & Co.’s pill was also expected this week.