CBS News reports:
President Biden announced on Tuesday that he’s directing his team to double the United States’ order of Pfizer antiviral pills from 10 million COVID-19 treatment courses to 20 million treatment courses, and the delivery will be accelerated from September to June.
“We may need even more. That’s the estimate we need right now,” Mr. Biden said, noting the pills will dramatically decrease hospitalizations and deaths. “They’re a game changer.”
Mr. Biden remarked on the Pfizer pills, which treat patients who have contracted COVID, during a Tuesday afternoon meeting with members of the White House COVID-19 Response team, as the contagious Omicron variant leads to the highest cast rates of the pandemic.
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President Biden urged concern but not alarm amid COVID-19 omicron surge. Biden said vaccines, boosters & therapeutic drugs have lessened danger for overwhelming majority of fully vaccinated & US is doubling anti-viral Pfizer pill order to treat COVID-19. https://t.co/QHIaqW9jG0
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