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‘Game-Changer’ Pfizer Pill Is Easier to Find as Omicron Fades Away

  • In regions where peak has passed, supply is meeting demand
  • Few patients hesitate: ‘They beg for it. They ask for it.’
Boxes of Pfizer’s antiviral medication Paxlovid.
Boxes of Pfizer’s antiviral medication Paxlovid.Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

As the omicron wave peaked in the U.S. last month, the first-line treatment for high-risk patients with early Covid dangled out of reach for most. Only a trickle of the new Paxlovid pill from Pfizer Inc. was reaching hospitals and pharmacies.

Now, as cases plummet nationwide and the company continues to deliver hundreds of thousands of doses ordered by the federal government to pharmacies, Paxlovid is starting to look downright plentiful. Doctors and health officials in New York, Boston, Colorado and other areas where the omicron wave has receded report that supply seems to be meeting the softening demand.